FROM THE ARCHIVE

Meskwaki faction votes to oust law firm

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2003

A faction of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa held an election last night to vote on a law firm that reportedly charged the tribe $340,000 for one month of work.

The vote was 304-11 to oust Dorsey and Whitney. The firm's contract was authorized by the elected tribal council, which called the election a sham.

The feuding within the tribe prompted the closure of the tribe's casino.

Get the Story:
Meskwaki feud grows to include lawyers (The Des Moines Register 6/27)
Indian Affairs claims both sides agree in principle on elections (The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier 6/26)

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

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