August 21, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A group of Native Americans is joining the fight against a bear hunt in Nevada and criticizing what they call a wildlife official's racist remark.
The group complained about a comment made at a Washoe County wildlife advisory board meeting last week by its chairman, Rex Flowers.
Raquel Arthur of the northern Nevada chapter of the American Indian Movement says Flowers told the group of Paiute, Washoe and Shoshone tribal members he didn't want to "hear of bows and arrows" because the panel was committed to the bear hunt.
Randal Massaro of Union Members for the Preservation of Wildlife, who helped organize the American Indian opposition to Nevada's bear hunt, says Flowers later phoned him and apologized for the remark.
Flowers declined to comment Friday.
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