In this Dec. 3, 2012 photo provided by the Navajo Nation Washington Office, Navajo Nation executive director Clara Pratte addresses economic development during the Navajo Nation meeting of the Native ... more 
In this Dec. 3, 2012 photo provided by the Navajo Nation Washington Office, Navajo Nation executive director Clara Pratte addresses economic development during the Navajo Nation meeting of the Native American Enterprise Initiative, in Washington. When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared from hard hits those programs that help the nation’s most vulnerable, such as food stamps, Social Security and veterans’ assistance. But that wasn’t the case with programs serving American Indian reservations, where unemployment is far above the national average. Pratte said regardless of the outcome of the budget talks, tribal leaders should press Congress to make funding for Indian programs mandatory, not discretionary. (AP Photo/Navajo Nation Washington Office, Jared King) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Navajo Nation Washington Office, Jared King
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