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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel addresses Hispanic business owners and community members at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce in Lansing, Mich., in this May 5, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/Christopher Hermann, File)

RNC chairwoman blasts Michelle Obama on Twitter

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Thursday accused former first lady Michelle Obama of making a "false accusation" by declaring that the GOP is exclusively populated by white men. Published October 5, 2017

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas, sits at his desk in Fort Yates, N.D. The American Indian leader who spearheaded opposition to the four-state Dakota Access pipeline has been ousted as Standing Rock Sioux chairman. The unofficial vote count in Wednesday's tribal election shows that Dave Archambault got 37 percent of the vote and Mike Faith got 63 percent. Archambault conceded defeat in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, saying he'll "continue to advocate for the issues facing our community." (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)

Standing Rock tribe votes out pipeline protest leader

Dave Archambault II, the tribal chairman who urged activists to "stand with Standing Rock" against the Dakota Access pipeline, has been overwhelmingly defeated in his reelection bid to lead the protest-weary tribe. Published September 28, 2017