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Miccosukees: House bill tramples our rights

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians has written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congress to oppose the federal spending bill the House is now taking up, saying it will "add another sad chapter to the lamentable history of mistreatment and exploitation of American Indians and to reach a landmark in irresponsible spending."

The tribe says the bill contains a provision that seeks to exempt the Army Corps of Engineers from 'all laws' that protect the Everglades -- including the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act.