By RACHEL D'ORO Associated Press Writer ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sarah Palin is forming an administrative group to address in largely Native, rural parts of the state. Many Alaska Natives say Palin has ignored them and failed to protect their ancient traditions during her tenure, even though her husband is part Alaska Native. The Republican vice presidential candidate is away on the campaign trail but made the announcement in a prerecorded speech played before thousands of people attending a yearly convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage. Palin says the new rural subcabinet group will work with representatives of rural communities to tackle issues like public safety, education and health care. The will include existing cabinet members and two Alaska Native commissioners.
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