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Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

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A lawsuit against the Meskwaki Tribal Council is still in court, 3 1/2 years after filing. Consultant Lowell Junkins was suspended Nov. 18, 1997. In May 1999, his firm alleged breach of contract in a suit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction - a decision upheld by the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Junkins took the tribe to Tama County District Court arguing the contract clearly provided settlement by binding arbitration. The tribe sought dismissal, claiming the consulting agreement was void and action barred by sovereign immunity. Its motion was denied and Junkins' motion to compel arbitration granted. The Iowa Supreme Court has put a stay on the arbitration on condition of timely appeals. Junkins invested $9 million in the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo in a complicated bailout designed to protect the tribe's gaming business when the Congress sought to install slot machines at its dog track. Junkins was overseeing planning and construction of an $18-million-project that doubled the size of the casino and added a 208-bed motel. The tribe objected to his fee and the size of the project and said it was time to take over business operations. His company was to receive $150,000 a month - about $8 million over five years.

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