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Federal marshals close Meskwaki Tribe's casino

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2003

Federal marshals shut down the Meskwaki Tribe's casino in Iowa this morning.

A federal judge ordered the casino closed until the National Indian Gaming Commission decides it can be reopened. The agency says the tribe's appointed council is violating federal law.

The closure came a day after the tribe held a special election intended to resolve an ongoing leadership. According to press accounts, Homer Bear and his slate of appointed council members won. Last month, Bear and his allies took over the tribe from the elected council.

The elected council says it won't recognize the results.

Get the Story:
Statement: Sac and Fox Gaming Commission (5/23)
Feds Close Iowa Casino in Tribal Dispute (AP 5/23)
Federal Marshals Close Meskawki Casino (AP 5/23)
Meskwaki Tribe Special Election Results (KWWL 5/22)
Meskwaki Vote Results Are In (KCRG 5/22)

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