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Confusion reigns as Meskwaki takeover fails
Thursday, October 2, 2003

A security firm hired by the elected council of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa failed to retake the tribe's casino and tribal center on Wednesday.

According to news accounts, the security guards, some of them armed, showed up at 5:30 a.m. and caused some minor damage. The elected council, headed by Alex Walker Jr., then told 1,100 employees to report to the casino.

But once the employees started showing up, they found that Walker and his group had already left the building. Supporters of the appointed council, headed by Homer Bear Jr., said they continue to control the tribal offices.

The local sheriff's department was called in and one sheriff said tribal members were trying to remove items from the casino.

Get the Story:
Attempt to retake casino fails (The Des Moines Register 10/2)
Meskwaki Casino takeover attempt botched (AP 10/2)

Relevant Links:
Meskwaki Tribe Litigation, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals - http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/casino.html

Related Stories:
Elected Meskwaki council tries to retake casino (10/1)
Meskwakis using federal funds to pay attorneys (9/16)
Meskwaki casino shutdown extended by NIGC (9/12)
Appeals court sides with NIGC on casino shutdown (08/28)
Iowa county says it will evict Meskwaki rivals (08/18)
DOI judge says Meskwaki casino should reopen (08/13)
BIA calls on Meskwaki Tribe to hold recall election (08/06)
Meskwaki factions ask court to reopen casino (07/25)
Meskwaki factions and NIGC head to court on casino (7/24)
Appeals court holding hearing on Meskwaki casino (07/09)
Meskwaki dispute centers on recall petitions (7/7)
Meskwaki faction agrees to create election board (7/3)
Meskwaki faction votes to oust law firm (6/27)
Meskwaki faction says BIA agreed to election (6/23)
DOI meeting with Meskwaki Tribe canceled (6/20)
DOI to discuss Meskwaki leadership dispute (6/19)
Editorial: Don't interfere in tribal affairs (6/19)
Meskwaki faction wants to fire rival law firm (6/10)
8th Circuit court won't reopen Meswaki casino (05/30)
8th Circuit reviewing Meskwaki casino shutdown (5/28)
BIA won't recognize Meskwaki Tribe election (5/27)
Federal marshals close Meskwaki Tribe's casino (5/23)
Meskwaki voters asked to choose new leaders (5/22)
Meskwaki voters urged to vote for new council (5/21)
NIGC asks court to close Meskwaki Tribe's casino (5/20)
Judge calls for receivership for Meskwaki funds (5/19)
Meskwaki casino stays open during leadership spat (5/15)
NIGC orders Meskwaki Tribe to close casino (5/14)
State threatens Meskwaki compact over dispute (5/9)
Meskwaki factions can't agree on discussions (5/8)
Talks between Meskwaki leaders break down (5/6)
Meskwaki Tribe works to resolve dispute (5/5)
NIGC says Meskwaki Tribe in violation of IGRA (5/1)
Meskwaki leadership dispute continues (4/30)
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