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DOI to discuss Meskwaki leadership dispute

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THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2003

The Department of Interior will meet with the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa in an attempt to resolve a leadership dispute that has shuttered the tribe's casino.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission won't recognize the results of a recent election. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) wants the parties to come together to see if a settlement can be reached.

A reported 1,300 are out of jobs due to the casino's closure.

Get the Story:
If both sides agree, U.S. Department of Interior will host meeting with Meskwaki leaders (The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier 6/19)
Interior officials agree to talk to Meskwaki leaders (AP 6/19)

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

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