Opinion
Opinion: Lawyer for anti-Indian group questions tribes


"In the February 3, 2006 edition of the Tulsa World, a story entitled "Cole to fight limits on tribes," appeared to be something good for a change to read in a paper that sometimes appears to have disdain for tribal rights and sovereignty. Upon further review the story was really a story within itself and created even more questions.

The respected Jim Myers wrote the World’s story. Myers talked to Cole and then gave the other side of the story.

Of the thousands of lawyers in DC to pick from, Myers chose Cleta Deathridge Mitchell as a source.

Was he told to use Mitchell? Was he forced to use Mitchell? What is the Tulsa World's interest?

I once asked the anti-Indian group One Nation for a list of their donors. A letter came back from their legal counsel explaining to me that the information is private and off-limits. The name of the legal counsel? Cleta Mitchell."

Get the Story:
Louis Gray: When a reporter's source is the former legal counsel of One Nation (The Native American Times 2/14)

FEC Advisory:
Indian Tribes (February 2, 2006)

Federal Elections Commission Opinions:
Advisory Opinion 1999-32 (January 28, 2000) | Advisory Opinion 2000-05 (May 15, 2000) | Advisory Opinion 2005-01 (March 14, 2005)

More Advisory Opinion 2005-01 Documents:
Advisory Opinion Draft A and Draft B | Tribe's Request for Advisory Opinion

Relevant Links:
Federal Election Commission - http://www.fec.gov
PoliticalMoneyLine - http://www.politicalmoneyline.com
Center for Responsive Politics - http://www.opensecrets.org

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