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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-09 03:12 PM
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3. Abramoff and Cochran
Cochran wasn't a consistent Abramoff ally, but he was very helpful at times to some of the Mississippi tribes which were Abramoff's clients.

In 1997, Cochran added one sentence to an appropriations bill that exempted the Mississippi Choctaw from oversight by the National Indian Gaming Commission. This made the Choctaw the only tribe allowed to self-regulate their own gambling operations.

Then in Mrch 2002, Cochran signed a letter drafted by Abramoff which went to Interior Secretary Gail Norton on behalf of the Mississippi Choctaws and the Coushattas, asking her to reject a request by the Jena Choctaws to set up their own competing casino in Louisiana.

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