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Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agencies

President Donald Trump has installed more than 400 officials in top positions across all federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, according to news reports. Many members of the so-called "beachhead" teams are reporting directly to the White House instead of the leaders of their agencies.

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7/20/2017

article Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- A scientist at the Department of the Interior says the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out in defense of Alaska Native...

7/19/2017

article Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump this week bragged about signing more bills than any of his predecessors, a claim that was quickly shown to be lacking in...
article Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself...

7/18/2017

article Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has quietly killed a legal opinion that tribes were using to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline. On February 6, the...
article Trump Bets on Casino Hired Gun for State Department
(Washington D.C.) -- When Jonathan Galaviz left his job at a casino consulting firm to go work for the Trump State Department, he didn’t have any concerns about...

7/17/2017

article Indigenous People Plan to Honor a Treaty that Trump Won’t
(USA) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community started planning for climate change a decade ago. Located on the southeastern peninsula of Fidalgo Island on Puget Sound...
article Native American tribes reject Trump's stance on climate change and pledge to uphold the Paris Agreement
(USA) -- A group of Native American tribes have said they will continue to uphold the Paris Climate Change Agreement despite Donald Trump's withdrawal from it...
article Trump’s EPA To Lay Off 8% Of Its Employees In Next 2 Months
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will lay off more than 1,200 employees over the next two months by offering buyouts, documents obtained by...

7/13/2017

article Massive Copper Mine Tests Trump's Push to Slash Regulation
(Arizona) -- Rio Tinto's proposed Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would tunnel 7,000 feet underground, where rocks radiate heat from the earth’s molten core...

7/11/2017

article Will President Trump eliminate the BIA?
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s a tale as old as time: the federal government wants to reform the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to better serve both American Indians...
article Official who nixed Everglades from UN endangered-site list gets Trump job
(Washington D.C.) -- An Interior Department official who removed the Everglades from the United Nations’ endangered-sites list during the Bush administration is...

7/5/2017

article HORSEY: EPA’s Scott Pruitt is Trump’s most adept and dangerous hatchet man
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump is a crude buffoon who spends his days picking Twitter fights with people he sees on TV. He displays no skill, sophistication or...

7/4/2017

article Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is planning to sue the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park....

6/29/2017

article President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders. In...
article Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be ‘great for everybody’
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate’s health care bill is “mostly dead.” But that’s not the same as all dead. And this holiday weekend will decide...

6/28/2017

press release Remarks by President Trump and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at Tribal, State, and Local Energy Roundtable
(Washington D.C.) -- THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for being here. Very much appreciated. We welcome you to the White House. Have you all been to the White House before?...
article Trump calls for ‘golden age of American energy dominance’
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump continued his drive to promote an “energy dominance” policy Wednesday by meeting with state and tribal leaders and...
article Trump wants energy jobs like 'never seen before' on tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said Wednesday that he wants to see job growth like "never seen before" from energy development on tribal lands. "We...
article VIDEO: Trump hosts tribal, local leaders for energy meeting
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump on June 28 hosted tribal, state and local leaders at the White House for a meeting about energy.
article Interior Department reorganization will hit New Mexico’s landscapes, communities
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration reassigned several top-level employees in its reorganization of the U.S. Department of the Interior. That includes Dr....

6/27/2017

article Trump Troubles? / Off-reservation land for casinos will slow under the new president
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indian efforts to reacquire and place in federal trust their ancestral lands—particularly acreage earmarked for new government...
article Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior. Tribes cheered when then-president Barack...

6/26/2017

article EPA Veteran: “Scott Pruitt Is Taking the Agency in the Wrong Direction”
(Washington D.C.) -- My name is Michael Cox. I retired from the US Environmental Protection Agency on March 31, 2017, after more than 25 years of service. Prior to...
article Against tribal wishes, Secretary Zinke, Interior department removes federal protection for grizzlies
(Washington D.C.) -- When Colville Business Council chair Michael Marchand signed onto the Piikani Agreement in November, pledging the tribes’ support for grizzly...
article Tribes Left Out Again on Grizzly Delisting Decision
(Montana) -- Native American tribes say they were once again on the outside looking in - this time as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to remove the grizzly...

6/21/2017

article CHAMPAGNE: Should Indian Nations Fear the Return of Termination Policy?
(Washington D.C.) -- If anything brings Indian nations together to rally for treaty and self-government rights, it is the threat of termination or the return of...

6/17/2017

article OP/ED: No Thanks, Trump: Southern Arizona standing against proposed border wall
(Arizona) -- Few places in the country interact with Mexico as much as Southern Arizona, and several of the region's jurisdictions have taken a collective stand...

6/16/2017

article America Spent Centuries Mistreating Native American Children. Trump Is Making It Worse.
(USA) -- A century ago, the U.S. government forced hundreds of thousands of Native American students to attend boarding schools where authorities shaved their heads,...

6/13/2017

article Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation
(Connecticut) -- The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the...

6/10/2017

article Trump portrait replaced in Wyoming town hall
(Wyoming) -- A portrait of President Donald Trump has been replaced at one town hall in Wyoming because the local mayor disapproves of Trump's politics.

6/9/2017

article Will President Trump Eliminate the BIA?
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s a tale as old as time: The federal government wants to reform the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to better serve both American Indians...

6/3/2017

article Fierce Reaction to Paris Climate Pullout
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s announcement on June 1 that the United States would pull out of the Paris climate agreement that had been reached in...

5/29/2017

article Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is planning to disband the Labor Department division that has policed discrimination among federal contractors for four...

5/28/2017

article Looming Trump budget cuts deepen distress on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Antoinette Poafpybitty wanted to come home. When Poafpybitty and her husband, Virgil, decided to return to Pine Ridge after 15 years living off the...
article Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans
(Oregon) -- Dozens of Native American tribes in six Western states expressed outrage Thursday at President Trump's proposed budget cuts to American Indian programs,...
article Can We Trust Donald Trump?
(Washington D.C.) -- Through his businesses affiliated with the gaming industry, Donald Trump has met with Indian communities and leaders, and made partnerships for...

5/25/2017

article Native Americans’ health threatened by denial of Medicaid expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- America has broken several centuries worth of promises to its indigenous people. And we’re poised to do it again. The consequences of this...
article Trump Budget Calls For Cuts to Native American Health Care, Housing
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Native Americans are expressing alarm over President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget, which calls for across-the-board spending...
article WASHBURN: Trump Proposes Hundreds of Millions in Cuts to Federal Appropriations for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- When Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, many of us had questions about whether the United States would continue to...
article Northwest tribes say Trump's proposed budget would hurt salmon recovery
(Oregon) -- Native American leaders expressed outrage Thursday at President Donald Trump's proposed budget that cuts nearly 25 percent of the nation's tribal...
article Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans
(Oregon) -- Dozens of Native American tribes in six Western states expressed outrage Thursday at President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to American Indian programs...
article Bob Goodlatte urges Sessions to seize money directed to Obama's 'liberal friends'
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a roadmap for recovering money that former President Barack Obama's team gave to Native American groups, a...
press release American Indian College Fund Urges Supporters to Reject Proposed Federal Budget Cuts to Education as A Betrayal of American Dream and Treaty Obligations
(Colorado) -- American Indian College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull issued the following statement with regard to President Trump’s fiscal year 2018...

5/23/2017

article President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is confirming Indian Country's worst fears by seeking drastic cuts in education, health, housing and other key programs....

5/21/2017

article Task Force to Examine IHS
(Arizona) -- A federal task force will examine Indian Health Service and look for ways to improve the beleaguered program. IHS provides primary health care for the...

5/19/2017

article CHAMPAGNE: Will Indians Survive Donald Trump?
(California) -- Government policies and programs for American Indians change dramatically from one political administration to another. The New Deal Policy of the...
article Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is wrong about federal funding for Indian programs, according to one of his own nominees. Trump drew alarms earlier this...

5/18/2017

article Indian County bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country leaders are turning to allies in Congress in hopes of stopping massive funding cuts that President Donald Trump is expected to unveil...

5/14/2017

article OP/ED: Trump Is Audaciously Trying to Privatize Native American Land
(Virginia) -- Each and every day, we the people are forced to endure something profoundly horrific being committed by Trump. And since Republicans only concern is...
article OP/ED: Trump’s attack on national monuments threatens California sites, Native Americans’ culture
(California) -- The protection and preservation of the cultural lands and sacred places of Native American people is of supreme importance to sovereign American Indian...

5/13/2017

article In Trump Era, Native Democrats Desperately Search for Answers
(New York) -- As the Democratic Party struggles to find its footing in a new world being remade by President Donald Trump, Native American Democrats are conflicted about...

5/11/2017

article Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Partisan outrage over the sudden firing of the nation's top law enforcement official is affecting Indian Country's agenda on Capitol Hill....
article FACTCHECK: Trump Not Deporting Native Americans
(USA) -- Q: Did President Donald Trump tweet that he will deport American Indians to India? A: No. This claim comes from a satirical website.

5/9/2017

article Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way. In...
article Alaska Federation Of Natives keeping close eye on White House
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives is keeping a close eye on the new administration of President Donald Trump. The Native organization’s board is...

5/8/2017

article TURTLE TALK: Donald Trump, and Indian Country’s Termination Fears
(USA) -- Donald Trump’s election as President was met with skepticism and fear across much of Indian country. As a candidate, Trump did not publish any substantive...

5/6/2017

article Native American advocates size up Trump administration
(Washington D.C.) -- With President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in the rearview mirror, lawmakers and advocates are uncertain but hopeful about the...

5/3/2017

article President Trump, will Native American sovereignty make a difference when you decide to build a wall or not?
(USA) -- The final question in our #100Days100Qs series is about Native American independence. The Tohono O'odham Nation's land resides in the southern part of...
article American Indians ask Trump to revive plans for memorial on Staten Island
(New York) -- Almost 105 years ago, the president of the United States joined with dozens of North American Indian tribal leaders for an unprecedented ceremony to build...

5/1/2017

article Trump order baffles Bering Sea Elders
(Alaska) -- When President Trump signed an order last week lifting his predecessor’s restrictions on offshore leasing in the Arctic, he also revoked a decree that...
press release How Trump’s Administration Has Affected the Gaming Industry
(Washington D.C.) -- The gaming industry, particularly online gaming, forms an integral part of the US economy. According to the American gaming industry data, the...

4/30/2017

article Bering Sea tribal groups slam Alaska delegation for ‘standing by’ as Trump struck order giving them voice
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native elders from Bering Sea coastal communities on Friday blasted Alaska's congressional delegation for not doing more to prevent President...

4/29/2017

article Tribal Leader Threatens Protest If Border Wall Is Built
(Arizona) -- During a meeting of Native American tribal leaders, the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Vice Chairman Verlon Jose threatened protests similar to those...
article Bering Sea tribal groups slam Alaska delegation for ‘standing by’ as Trump struck order giving them voice
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native elders from Bering Sea coastal communities on Friday blasted Alaska's congressional delegation for not doing more to prevent President...
article Tribal Self-Governance Under Trump: A Common Goal
(New York) -- Tribes are rightly concerned that federal programs benefiting tribal communities may become the target of budget cuts under the Trump administration and...

4/23/2017

article Native American groups plan to overrun Trump hotel in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American groups plan to make the Trump Hotel in Washington ground zero in their major protest next weekend against the president's energy...

4/13/2017

article Trump-Kushners Get Sweet DC Townhouse Deal From Mining Magnate
(Washington D.C.) -- Chilean mining magnate Andrónico Luksic saw an opportunity in purchasing a $5.5 million townhouse in Kalorama, a posh section of Washington D.C.,...

4/9/2017

article A glimpse inside the Trump inner circle
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump has a funny way of making friends. In the case of rival US property developer David Cordish, Mr Trump sued him first. Mr Cordish became...

4/1/2017

article Tribes That Live Off Coal Hold Tight to Trump’s Promises
(Montana) -- The pale yellow halls of the Crow government building here are nearly empty these days, with 1,000 of this tribe’s 1,300 employees recently laid off....

3/29/2017

article Trump’s EPA Cuts Are Going To Hit Indian Tribes Hardest
(Washington D.C.) -- Every April, the Indian tribes along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington hold the First Salmon Feast, a ceremonial harvest of the fish...
article In Indian Country, the survival of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion brings a sigh of relief
(Minnesota) -- As members of Congress and the Trump administration point fingers over their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one constituency is definitely...

3/20/2017

article Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agencies
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has installed more than 400 officials in top positions across all federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior...

3/19/2017

article Trump 2018 Budget Would Cut Needed Services to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- While seeking to increase the defense by $54 billion, the Trump administration sent a budget to Congress this past week that recommends a 12 percent...

3/18/2017

article Melissa J. Gismondi column: Trump visits Andrew Jackson’s gravesite, revisits his Native American policies
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, Donald Trump laid a wreath at the gravesite of President Andrew Jackson, who was born 250 years ago, on March 15, 1767. Supporters...
article OP/ED: Must-See TV: Donald Trump and the Reality Show Called Presidency
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump has created the greatest TV reality show of all time, and the national media and consumers are going along for the ride. Whether you...

3/17/2017

article Loss of federal funds could devastate KVCR TV/FM: Bruce Baron
(California) -- President Donald Trump reportedly wants to zero out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a move that could devastate PBS, NPR and...
article Trump's budget an 'all-out assault on Puget Sound'
(Washington) -- In a budget marked by deep cuts across most federal agencies, science and environmental programs took some of the biggest hits in President Donald Trump...

3/16/2017

article Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican President Donald Trump is promising to "Make America Great Again" by making major cuts to Indian Country programs. In his very...

3/14/2017

article Plea to Trump: Protect White House Council on Native American Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- With concerns mounting in Indian country that the Trump administration is ignoring and in some cases harming tribes, some top Democratic members of...

3/11/2017

article CARLTON FLETCHER: Native Americans deal with real ‘immigration issue’
(Washington D.C.) -- Former Atlanta Braves mascot Chief Noc-a-homa and World Wrestling Federation champion Chief Jay Strongbow led a Native American revolt last night...

3/9/2017

article Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Official: Trump Administration Retreating on Indigenous Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson staked his position on human rights – and by extension on indigenous rights – pretty clearly on March 3 when he...

3/5/2017

article No Ban, No Wall: Native American and Human Rights Groups Join Forces With Environmental Movement to Stop the Border Wall
(Arizona) -- Donald Trump wants to build a wall—but he’ll face resistance from human rights groups, the environmental movement and Native activists every...

3/4/2017

article Trump wants to gut environmental research for Puget Sound
(Washington) -- The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal funding for restoring Puget Sound by 93 percent. For the fiscal year ending this June, the U.S....

3/3/2017

article EPA funds for Native water projects could disappear under Trump administration
(Alaska) -- The White House wants to eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funds for water projects in Alaska Native villages, according to an article in the...

3/1/2017

article White House eyes plan to cut EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House has proposed deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce the agency’s staff by one-fifth...

2/28/2017

article Carlyle Begay's fake news moment: He's not a White House employee, despite posts
(Washington D.C.) -- Two months ago, Carlyle Begay, a Republican supporter of President Donald Trump and former Arizona state senator, announced on social media that he...

2/27/2017

article LEE: Congress Runs Amok While We Watch Trump Play a Magician
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has very effectively used his [non-Muslim] travel ban and inflammatory statements to distract Americans from everything else...

2/22/2017

article The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. Chief Was Arm in Arm With Industry
(Washington D.C.) -- During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with...

2/21/2017

article Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda
(Washington D.C.) -- A Republican who has battled tribes on sovereignty and other issues is now in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma...

2/20/2017

article Montana tribal leaders: Trump's offensive remarks worthy of objection by Tester
(Montana) -- It wasn’t lost on L. Jace Killsback that President Donald Trump chose an offensive Indian stereotype to disparage Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren....
article OP/ED: Trump's 'Pocahontas' slurs about Warren are not just demeaning, they're specious
(Minnesota) -- As I watched the recent Senate process to confirm the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, I felt that I was being transported to a...

2/14/2017

article Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates
(Washington D.C.) -- It's taking longer than expected but Republican President Donald Trump is slowly but surely getting the leadership team he wants. Amid...
article Markwayne Mullin Assuages Fears of Trump Going After Indian Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a perception among many Native Americans that Donald Trump doesn’t like Indians. His remarks over the years have been anything but...
article Tribal radio stations may go dark under Donald Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- We need to talk about the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Trump administration, in an effort to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion...

1/30/2017

article Intertribal group ponders potential impact of Trump presidency
(Oklahoma) -- Officials from multiple tribes came together Monday at the Pawnee Nation complex as part of a multistate, intertribal organization to discuss the potential...
article Second Trump Transition Meeting Held with Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Just five days before President Donald Trump signed executive actions promoting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines without any tribal...
article Gosar Commends AZ Carlyle Begay as White House Advisor on Indian Affairs
(Arizona) -- Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after President Donald Trump named former Arizona State Senator...

1/26/2017

article Native leaders concerned over Trump presidency implications
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump angered many Native activists by moving to restart Dakota Access Pipeline construction. Thousands have protested the line,...
article 'Over my dead body': tribe aims to block Trump's border wall on Arizona land
(Arizona) -- Donald Trump’s proposed border wall could face a major obstacle in Arizona, where an indigenous tribe has vowed to oppose construction on its land,...
article Southern Arizona Leaders Invite Trump to Walk the Border
(Arizona) -- Southern Arizona elected officials say they’re extending an invitation to President Donald Trump to come see the Arizona-Mexican border before the...

1/25/2017

article In wake of DAPL executive order, Trump hangs Andrew Jackson painting in Oval Office
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders to expedite the review of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, two oil pipelines...
article Trump hangs portrait of Andrew Jackson in Oval Office
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office on Tuesday, The New York Times reports, an apparent nod to the populist...
article BAKER-SHENK: Indian Country’s Arranged Marriage With President Trump: Can It Be Saved?
(Washington D.C.) -- Today Native American tribal governments find themselves, after what feels like a shotgun wedding, in an arranged marriage with President Trump....
article President Donald Trump Insulting Navajos on Twitter Is Fake News
(Washington D.C.) -- Reports that President Donald Trump insulted Navajos on Twitter are false. Trump never tweeted negative things about Navajos after he was...
article The Donald Trump era is already terrible news for Native American activists
(Washington D.C.) -- The agenda put forth by Native American protesters in 2016 is already under attack. Just four days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump...
article Native American tribe could scupper Donald Trump’s wall
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump has announced his long-awaited plan to build a wall on the 1,954-mile U.S. border with Mexico, calling for its “immediate...
article Fort Belknap officials meet with Trump adviser on Indian issues
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders from Fort Belknap, who are in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with members of Congress, had an hour-long meeting Tuesday with...

1/20/2017

article Inter-Tribal Council calls on Trump to appoint Cherokee
(Oklahoma) -- During its recent general session, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes called on President Donald Trump to appoint a Cherokee citizen as...
article Native Americans expect nothing good from Trump...
(Washington D.C.) -- America's journalists are truly and deeply sorry for their behaviour during the election. They are sorry they failed to see the simmering...
article Camp-Horineck: Scott Pruitt heading EPA like putting Custer in charge of Indian Affairs
(Oklahoma) -- Putting Scott Pruitt in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency is an absolute disaster for every American who relies on clean air and clean water. I...
article Alaska public broadcasters fear funding cuts under Trump administration
(Alaska) -- As a new federal administration prepares to take office, rural communities in Alaska are worried about the suddenly murky future of public broadcasting. A...

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