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Cherokee Nation denies working with Abramoff
Wednesday, January 4, 2006

The Cherokee Nation never hired disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a spokesperson told The Native American Times.

Spokesperson Mike Miller said Abramoff solicited the tribe as a client. "You get sales pitches all the time," he told The Times.

Documents filed with the Senate indicate someone in Tahlequah liked the pitch. In January 2003, Abramoff and his associates registered to lobby on behalf of Cherokee Nation Enterprises on appropriations and sovereignty issues [Registration].

Later that year, Abramoff filed a report indicating that he charged Cherokee Nation Enterprises $60,000 for his services. The document stated he and two associates lobbied the House and Senate on tribal issues [Mid-Year Report].

The relationship ended later that year, with Abramoff charging Cherokee Nation Enterprises another $60,000, according to another document [Year-End Termination].

All amounts in the documents are rounded to the nearest $20,000.

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Chukchansi Tribe sends audits to NIGC as casino remains closed (10/28)
Little River Band still touting proposal for off-reservation casino (10/28)
Santee Sioux Tribe getting ready to debut golf course at casino (10/28)
Nisqually Tribe to launch part of $45M casino expansion project (10/28)
Opinion: Vote yes to support North Fork Rancheria gaming deal (10/28)
Editorial: No logic in putting Cowlitz Tribe's gaming site in trust (10/28)
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