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Representative

a member of the House of Representatives (one of two parts of the U.S. Congress).  There are 435 Representatives in the House.

or

More generally, someone who speaks for a group of people.

Constitution

The supreme (or highest) law of the land.  The Constitution sets up the government of the United States and protects the basic rights of the American people.

tribe

a group of people who live in the same area and whose families are often related.  They share the same language, culture, and history.

Example:  The Sioux are an American Indian tribe who live in Minnesota and speak the Dakota language.

elect

to choose (a candidate) by voting.

Example:  In November of 2008, we will elect a new President.

Senator

a member of the Senate (one of the two parts of the U.S. Congress).

There are 100 Senators.

Britain

A short name for the country with the official name The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  It is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Also called the United Kingdom or the U.K.

The 13 original states of the U.S. were colonies of Britain before they declared independence in 1776.

document

A paper (or collection of papers) with written or printed information.  They are often official papers. a document

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