Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Damage Control for Tribal Members - who is repping the rez?

Thoughts on: "Indian Tribes 'hurt' by Abramoff scandal - MSNBC' http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10824532/ and the "Damage Control" behind it

I posted the link above a couple of weeks ago about the victims of the Abramoff scandal. Nancy Conrad, who was the Marketing Director of the Cabazon Mission Indians in Cabazon, California is now spokesperson for Richard Milanovich of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (my client while under GT Laws/Team Abramoff's charge),spoke for Richard to MSNBC. She is now doing a great job in meeting the press for Richard re: aftermath, and moving forward. Richard & Company were quick to pick up another high-powered lobbying firm (Akin Gump)* early on, in 2004, as were many others (the Hopi even hired back Kevin Ring after he left GT Law, I believe, who is at Barnes & Thornburg, LLP).

Indian leader offers apologies (AP 1/12)

Agua Caliente's Chief Richard Milanovich did the right thing by going right to his public and saying I am responsible, too, although I am also a victim of good works that mainly went unrealized for several reasons. My question remains what about all of the other tribes, tribal officers and tribal management that are left in the dust? EXPLANATION: They hired law firms in Washington for the betterment of their tribes, or did they? And if they did (and I worked for several since 2000, and can vouch for them for some, having worked in the Old Exceutive Office Building and several agencies for GT LAW) who is fairly representing them, strategizing their "damage control" (not for the dollar) and watching their interests now?

Abbe Buck, Spokesperson/Representative

(((PS - Michael Scanlon made things pretty bad for me to do MY JOB, too - you should see my W-4's for 2004!)))

*(from The Hill, in 2004: INDIAN TRIBES. As federal prosecutors and a congressional panel scrutinize its former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Agua Caliente tribe has hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to help guide the tribe through the investigation and continue its lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. Leading Akin Gump’s team is Partner Steven R.Ross, who was seen accompanying one of the tribe’s leaders at a Senate hearing last week. Ross was general counsel to the House of Representatives under Speakers Tip O’Neill (D-Mass.) and Jim Wright (D-Texas).

1 comment:

Tallulah Bankhead said...

Here's a good question:

Yes, I'd like to know
those like you who will be representing the Indian Reservations in the aftermath of the Abramoff Scandal. Do tell all.