Now he’s trying to make nice with Native Americans — by working with a lobbyist who had ties to Jack Abramoff, who was imprisoned for bilking Indian tribes. The lobbyist arranged a meeting for Snyder last week with an Alabama tribe that is causing its own uproar by opening a mega-casino on top of an Indian burial ground.
The latest can’t-make-this-stuff-up development was reported last week, in part, by USA Today, which noted that Snyder visited the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, Ala., last Tuesday. According to the tribe’s treasurer, Robert McGhee, the meeting was arranged by lobbyist Jennifer Farley and the topic of the team name never came up. “I thought the whole meeting was odd,” McGhee told USA Today.
And getting odder.
Lobbyist Farley was, a decade ago, working in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she served as a liaison to Indian tribes and accepted gifts from Abramoff’s team before the superlobbyist’s fall in a corruption scandal. …