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  • Greg Cannon
    here s the second half http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/13/national/13indians.html?th&emc=th By 1999, Mr. Abramoff, the lobbyist, had hired Mr. Reed, the former
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      here's the second half
      http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/13/national/13indians.html?th&emc=th

      By 1999, Mr. Abramoff, the lobbyist, had hired Mr.
      Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, on
      behalf of the Coushatta tribe of Louisiana, which had
      a casino in Louisiana near the Texas border and wanted
      to block competition in Texas. Mr. Reed was to drum up
      support among conservative Christians for Mr. Cornyn's
      legal attack on the Tigua casino.

      Mr. Senclair has a file folder with 250 e-mail
      messages from Mr. Abramoff; his partner, Michael
      Scanlon; Mr. Reed; and others that he says outlines
      tactics for closing the Tigua casino and, after it was
      closed, for getting money from the Tiguas to win its
      reopening.

      The messages were provided by the Senate Committee on
      Indian Affairs, which has been investigating whether
      Mr. Abramoff and others defrauded Indian tribes. The
      committee plans to hold hearings this month on its
      findings, said Andrea Jones, a spokeswoman for the
      committee chairman, Senator John McCain, Republican of
      Arizona.

      In one message dated Feb. 11, 2002, the day of the
      court ruling against the Tiguas, Mr. Abramoff wrote to
      Mr. Scanlon: "I wish those moronic Tiguas were smarter
      in their political contributions. I'd love us to get
      our mitts on that moolah!! Oh well, stupid folks get
      wiped out."

      Four days later, the Tigua leaders say, Mr. Abramoff
      arrived in El Paso with a plan to reopen the casino by
      getting a powerful Republican congressman to insert an
      amendment in an unrelated bill.

      The cost was $4.2 million paid to Mr. Scanlon, $2
      million of which he sent to Mr. Abramoff, according to
      the Senate investigation. The Tiguas were also told to
      make $300,000 in political contributions to
      Republicans in Washington or to their political action
      committees, which they did, Mr. Senclair said.

      To Mr. Diamond, the tribe's lawyer, the Tiguas were
      not naïve. Everything Mr. Abramoff promised to do he
      had done for other tribes, and his plan was the same
      as one their previous advisers had proposed.

      But, Mr. Senclair said, "We were betrayed."

      Earlier this year the Tiguas got back about half the
      $4.2 million in a settlement with Mr. Abramoff's
      former law firm over his role in working to close and
      then reopen the casino.

      Andrew Blum, a spokesman for Mr. Abramoff's lawyer,
      said it was a lie to suggest that Mr. Abramoff had a
      conflict of interest. Mr. Abramoff was not trying to
      get the Tigua casino closed, Mr. Blum said. Instead,
      he was taking aim at another Indian casino near
      Houston, and when the Tigua casino closed, "Mr.
      Abramoff then sought to help the Tiguas where he
      could," Mr. Blum said in an e-mail message.

      But the slot machines are still gone, replaced by
      "entertainment machines" that dispense only credits
      for consumer goods. And the years of prosperity are
      slipping away. Lori Rivera, 40, once the supervisor in
      the casino's cashier's office, is in many ways the
      embodiment of the tale. She grew up in a one-room mud
      shack without running water or electricity. She got a
      job in the casino, and as the profits rolled in, she
      became eligible for a new house on a reservation of
      300 acres of former pecan orchards that the Tiguas had
      bought.

      The new reservation looks like an upscale subdivision
      of two-story homes. At its entrance is a large fitness
      center with a weight room, a basketball court and an
      Olympic-size swimming pool. But on a recent afternoon,
      the pool was empty. Too many people have had to leave
      El Paso to find work, said Carlos Hisa, the tribal
      lieutenant governor.

      Ms. Rivera is worried about what will happen to her
      two grandchildren, as the tribal leaders have begun
      cutting stipends for school.

      "Before the casino, most Tigua kids didn't stay in
      school because they were so poor they couldn't afford
      shoes, and they were embarrassed," Ms. Rivera said.
      "Everything was going really well. Now we're going
      backwards."
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