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Fires Affect Native Americans (Jan 06, 2006)
Oklahoma's wildfires have hit close to home for many Native American tribes. The first casualty in the state was a member of the Seminole Nation, and the regional spokesperon with the Bureau of Indian Affairs says crews have been battling fires on tribal trust lands since the beginning of July. The BIA has brought in close to 200 firefighters from out of state and is assisted by local tribal fire companies, as well as firefighters from tribes as far away as Wyoming. Guests include Dick Streeper, Fire Management Officer with the BIAís National Interagency Fire Center in Oklahoma City, and Tom Lowry, Director of the Choctaw Nationís Forestry Service and Firefighters Program (4 minutes).

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