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Remembering former Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse

Elizabeth Furse died this week at the age of 84. Furse represented Oregon’s first U.S. House district from 1992 to 1999. She was a strong advocate for Native Americans and helped five Oregon tribes restore their federal recognition. After leaving Congress, Furse founded the Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University. Delores Pigsley, tribal chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, joins us to remember her.

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