Wonder how it is that the Cowlitz Indian Tribe got it's recognition from the BIA in 2002? It had lots to do with this person, Jack Abramof, that's who. If the DOJ was to check out Abramof's travel records they could place Abramof in Toledo, Washington for November of 2001.
Jack Abramof was introduced to the Cowlitz Indian tribe's General Council during the Semi Annual Tribal meeting held in Toledo at the Grange Hall in November of that year. It is said that the than General Council Chairman (the late John Barnnet) secretly handed over $50,000 in cash to Jack Abramof and in 2002 the tribe became fully recognized tribe.
Mind you that at the same time the tribal chairman and his son gave huge amounts of money to the RNC to help get W into the oval office. That info you can find by going to opensecrets.org and look up who gave to the RNC in both the 2000, 2004 and 2006 election cycles. Lookup John Barnnet and his son David.
Another little tit bit about the tribe is that one council member by the name of Mike Iyill went to California to visit with Congressman Richard Pombo during the 2006 election cycle. Want to guess why he went to see Pombo more than once, money to the RNC and Pombo's reelection campaign. That's right, someone from the state of washington trying influence the election in another state. Same thing goes for the travel records of of Mike Iyill, showing his trips to Stockton, California in 2006.
Both times the leadership of the tribe has donated large sums of money to the republican party to buy influence.
You can dig all this info up using the web people!
Now the tribe is facing yet another problem with attempting to move land into trust but that won't happen cause Congress back in 1933 passed act that states no tribe can move land into trust if they were not a fully recognized tribe before 1933. This was reaffirmed by the U. S.Supreme Court ruling that stated that no tribe can move land into trust if they were recognized after 1933. That was a 6 to 3 ruling held by the Republican majority.