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Government officials subjected his tribe to 176 official audits within three years and indicted him on seven counts of fraud and income tax cheating. But the trial ended in a hung jury, the charges were dropped, and the defendant claimed that it was all political persecution. "They are after the Navajos—I am the symbol," cried Peter MacDonald, chairman of the nation's largest Indian tribe. "Put me away, get me out of office, and it will be a while before any tribal chairman insists that the state treat Indians equally."

MacDonald was five before he wore his first pair...

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