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Tribal leader wants probe of Griles-Abramoff links


The chairman of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians called for an investigation of alleged contacts between former Interior deputy secretary J. Steven Griles and disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

D.K. Sprague has been leading his tribe, also known as the Gun Lake Band, in an attempt to acquire an initial reservation in Michigan. The tribe plans to open a casino on the land.

But Abramoff claimed that Griles was "committed" to blocking the casino, The Washington Post reported in an August 28 front-page story. Abramoff was trying to get Griles hired at his lobbying firm, the paper said.

The tribe has since moved forward with its land-into-trust request, with the Bureau of Indian Affairs beating back challenges in the federal courts

Get the Story:
Lobbyist influence in fighting casino is questioned (The Grand Rapids Press 8/31)

Inspector General Report:
J. Steven Griles Investigation (March 2004)

From the Indianz.Com Archive:
Norton stripping BIA of trust duties (November 16, 2001) | Tribal leaders in uproar over proposal (November 16, 2001) | Griles taking lead on trust reform (November 5, 2001)

Indianz.Com Profile:
Deputy Secretary: J. Steven Griles (3/9)

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