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Tigua Tribe mum on Washington lobbyists


The Tigua Tribe of Texas isn't commenting, for now, on investigations into two Washington lobbyists who played both sides of the fence on the tribe's casino closure.

The tribe paid $4.2 million to lobbyist Jack Abramoff and public relations consultant Michael Scanlon. The money was to lobby Congress to reopen the tribe's casino, shut down as a result of a dispute with Texas.

What the tribe didn't know was that Abramoff and Scanlon were working behind the scenes to support the closure of the successful facility. A Tigua official said the tribe was surprised to learn of the pair's involvement with Christian conservative Ralph Reed.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a second hearing on the matter November 17. A separate federal investigation is ongoing.

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