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Sunday, April 09, 2006

The sad times of the Saginaw Chippewa

This was not what I had in mind when worked for GT Law for "Team Abramoff" clients. And in spite of the scandal, this did not have to happen, did it?

Washington, D.C. Former Abramoff tribal client not moving forward with school project

April 8, 2006 12:48 PM EST

One of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's former tribal clients is severing ties to millions of dollars in federal aid he helped arrange.

Leaders of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan say they will not move forward with plans to build a school on the reservation.

The project received three (m) million dollars in funding from the federal government with help from Abramoff. The lobbyist pleaded guilty in a Justice Department corruption probe.

The tribe announced its decision yesterday in letters addressed to the four lawmakers who chair the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees that oversee the Interior Department. Senator Conrad Burns was among them.

Saginaw Tribal Chief Fred Cantu and Tribal Sub-Chief Tim Davis wrote that the tribal council voted against the construction, because it's -- quote -- "not financially prudent to pursue this project at this time."

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