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In a special election in March, tribal members voted overwhelmingly to remove tribal citizenship for about 2,800 descendants of tribal slaves, who are commonly known as freedmen.

In May, a tribal court issued a temporary injunction allowing the freedmen to maintain their citizenship while they appeal the constitutionality of the March election.


Former first lady alert, stable in hospital

AUSTIN — Lady Bird Johnson spent another day in a hospital yesterday with no major change in her condition, three days after she was admitted with a slight fever, a family spokeswoman said.

“We still don’t know when she might get to go home, but her condition is stable,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Christian said.

The former first lady, 94, has spent the weekend at Seton Medical Center surrounded by family members, including daughters Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb. She was admitted Thursday night.

Mrs. Johnson was alert, resting comfortably and communicating with visitors, Miss Christian said.

Her husband, former President Lyndon B. Johnson, died in 1973. Mrs. Johnson has remained active publicly in the years since while living in Austin and spending time at the family’s ranch.

From wire dispatches and staff reports