Choctaw Leader Defends Lobbyist

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Choctaw leader, Chief Phillip Martin, is challenging what he says is misleading coverage by The Washington Post of the tribe's relationship with a lobbyist.

U.S. Senators John McCain and Ben Nighthorse Campbell have called for a Senate investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with four Indian tribes, including Mississippi's Choctaw. That's after the Post reported two months ago that the tribes paid Abramoff and a business associate more than $45 million over the past three years.

In a letter Martin wrote to Campbell Wednesday, the Choctaw chief said he's unaware of any violations of laws. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

Martin said the tribe hasn't been apprised of what documents or records the Senate wants or what questions the tribe must answer. Martin said it's a "campaign of orchestrated leaks regarding our Tribe originating in the Senate."


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