FROM THE ARCHIVE

Meskwaki faction wants to fire rival law firm

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2003

The recently elected council for the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa said it will schedule a vote to fire a law firm, Dorsey & Whitney, retained by the previously elected council.

The recently elected council is not recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the National Indian Gaming Commission. But the majority of voting tribal members don't support the previously elected council.

The two sides are battling for control of the tribe. In the meantime, NIGC has shut down the tribe's casino.

Get the Story:
Appointed council wants vote on contract with Des Moines law firm (The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier 6/10)
Meskwaki council sets vote on law firm (AP 6/10)
Meskwaki Tribe Continues to Go Two Different Directions (KCRG-TV 9 6/9)
Meskwaki Mess (KWWL 7 News 6/9)
Q-C boats attract Meskwaki gamers (The Quad City Times 6/9)

Relevant Documents:
Letters: Sen. Grassley to Secretary Norton, NIGC Chairman Phil Hogen (June 6, 2003)

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

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