FROM THE ARCHIVE

BIA won't recognize Meskwaki Tribe election

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2003

The Bureau of Indian Affairs won't recognize the results of the Meskwaki Tribe's recent election.

In a May 23 letter to the appointed chairman of the Iowa tribe, acting assistant secretary Aurene Martin wrote: The Department's position is that it will not recognize any election that is not held in strict compliance with tribal law. Our position is that the May 22, special election was not called and held in accordance with tribal law and, therefore, we will not recognize the results of it.”

The election was called with the hopes of resolving a dispute between appointed chairman Homer Bear, Jr. and elected chairman Alex Walker, Jr. Bear and his allies received most of the votes in last Thursday's election. Walker only received 6.

The dispute has led to the closure of the tribe's casino. Federal marshals shut down the facility on Friday morning. The National Indian Gaming Commission contends the tribe is violating the law.

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