[Marxism] American Indian money diverted into Israel sniper school!

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 4 10:51:29 MST 2006


http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/04/1524250
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
Native American Tribes Attempt to Recover After Being Defrauded of Tens of 
Millions by Abramoff

Former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who served as chair of the 
Senate Indian Affairs Committee that investigated the scandal, and Tigua 
tribal governor Arturo Senclair, of one of the Indian tribes defrauded by 
Abramoff, discuss the Native American tribes embroiled in the Abramoff 
scandal. They hired Abramoff to represent them in Washington regarding 
casino and gambling issues. As their lobbyist, Abramoff instructed the 
tribes to make political donations to certain politicians and recommended 
they hire former aide of Tom DeLay, Michael Scanlon, as their publicist. 
Yesterday Abramoff admitted to defrauding four Indian tribe clients out of 
millions of dollars. Those tribes include the Louisiana Coushatta, the 
Mississippi Choctaws, the Saginaw Chippewas of Michigan and the Tigua of 
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas. The tribes hired Abramoff to represent them 
in Washington regarding casino and gambling issues. As their lobbyist, 
Abramoff instructed the tribes to make political donations to certain 
politicians and recommended they hire a former aide of Tom DeLay named 
Michael Scanlon as their publicist. Scanlon charged hugely inflated rates. 
What Abramoff didn't tell the tribes was that Scanlon was secretly his 
business partner and that in some cases Abramoff was also working for 
groups with competing policy goals.

In all, Abramoff and Scanlon received more than $66 million in fees. Some 
of this money was secretly diverted to a variety of Abramoff's personal 
projects including an Orthodox Jewish academy and an Israeli sniper school. 
Some money also went to pay off a personal debt.

In 2002, Abramoff and Scanlon quietly worked with conservative religious 
activist Ralph Reed to persuade the state of Texas to shut down the Tigua 
tribe's Standing Rock casino on the grounds that the casino violated Texas' 
limited gambling laws. Abramoff then went to the Tiguas and promised to use 
his influence to reopen the casino, charging the tribe $4.2 million.

Meanwhile, Abramoff and Scanlon collected millions of dollars from a 
Louisiana tribe to oppose all gaming in the Texas Legislature. During the 
2004 Senate Indian Affair Committee hearings, emails were made public in 
which Abramoff referred to tribal members as "trogdolytes" and "morons". In 
one email released by the Senate committee, Abramoff wrote to Scanlon, "I 
have to meet with the monkeys from the Choctaw tribal counsel." Former 
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell was the chair of the Senate Indian Affairs 
Committee in 2004 when it took up investigating Abramoff. He was also the 
first Native American Senator in more than 60 years. Campbell wrote in a 
statement at the time, "It is a story of greed run amuck. It is a story of 
two already powerful, wealthy men lining their own pockets with the 
hard-earned money of people whom they held in contempt and disregard."

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