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Jena Choctaw Band back in spotlight in Louisiana


The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians is back in the spotlight in Louisiana as the tribe is moving forward with plans for an initial reservation.

The landless tribe was recognized in 1995. Under federal law, the Bureau of Indian Affairs can establish an initial reservation without approval from the state.

The tribe has been trying to do that but ran into opposition organized by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. As a Congressman, Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) was key figure in the fight although he denies acting on Abramoff's behalf.

Now Vitter is pressuring Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D) not to negotiate a compact with the tribe. But the tribe only plans to offer Class II gaming on the site, so the state approval is likely needed.

Get the Story:
Blanco, Vitter in tribal gambling spat (The New Orleans Times-Picayune 3/22)
Vitter cautions Gov. Blanco on casino talks (The Baton Rouge Advocate 3/22)

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