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AG Holder: Pledges to tribes to being kept

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The nation's top law enforcement official says the Obama administration is fulfilling federal promises to American Indian tribes.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was the keynote speaker Thursday at a tribal conference on the campus of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

Holder says the Justice Department and the Obama administration have "fought to protect natural resources and water rights on tribal lands ... and prioritized the resolution of longstanding legal disputes."

He says the administration also has helped tribal authorities "combat violence against Native women."

North Dakota Attorney General Timothy Purdon says it's the first time a sitting attorney general has visited Bismarck since Robert F. Kennedy addressed the National Congress of American Indians in September 1963.