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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-23-09 01:45 PM
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Yakama Nation man leads anti-immigrant efforts
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Source: AP

In the museum gift shop at the Yakama Indian reservation, Wendell Hannigan shows off a small bronze statue of a Native American woman holding a basket full of hops.

Asked if there are Yakama farm workers left, the 66-year-old Yakama Nation member laughs and says, "no, no."

Behind the laughs, though, is Hannigan's conviction that the large influx of illegal Latino immigrants into this reservation, about 160 miles southeast of Seattle, poses a threat to his people.

His beliefs have prompted Hannigan to spearhead efforts for better supervision of undocumented workers - mostly from Mexico - on the reservation, and sponsor a state ballot initiative to impose stricter immigration rules.

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