Abourezk, James

Abourezk, James (George)

(1931–  ) U.S. representative/senator; born in Wood, S.D. Lebanese-American, he grew up on an Indian reservation. He served in the U.S. Navy (1948–52) and was an engineer before becoming a lawyer in 1966. He was a member of the House of Representatives (Dem., S.D.; 1971–73) and the Senate (Dem., S.D.; 1973–79). He was a spokesman for the Arab cause and the chairman of the Senate's Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He founded the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1980 and worked to ensure fairer treatment of Arabs, particularly as they are portrayed in the media.
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