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INDIAN LEADER OPTIMISTIC OVER GOP CONGRESS

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An American Indian leader says he thinks tribes will get along better, now that Republican have won control in Congress.

Delbert Farmer, secretary of the Fort Hall Business Council, was among 1,100 delegates to the 50th annual National Congress of the American Indian in Denver.He said delegates were warned now that conservatives have control of Congress, there could be an effort to cut spending, threatening money for reservation programs.

But Farmer said he thinks American Indians will do better with conservatives in control.

"The idea is to allow businesses to flourish and let business take care of all the other elements," Farmer said. He said a good example is allowing gaming on reservations so the economy could support the tribe's social needs.

"The Democratic philosophy is, `Let government grow and we'll take care of you.' When the money stops, the tribe stops," Farmer said. "I don't think that's a good course. We like to be independent."

Speakers included Vice President Al Gore.