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MISSION — While the Sunday, May 19, town hall at the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation was No. 563 for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, the questions he heard from the audience were concerning to people now.

The junior senator from Oregon makes a point to cross his home state every year to listen to residents, from the eastern border to where the continent meets the Pacific Ocean.

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