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Council Considers Hiring Attorney

HOLLYWOOD - There was a special Council meeting Dec. 6 to discuss entering into a contract with attorney Stephen B. Otto.

The Council, which is about to purchase 75 Class II machines for the Coconut Creek facility, questioned the hiring of Otto if the classification of the machines should come under dispute.

The suggestion arose that, absent an exclusive contract between the Tribe and the manufacturer, the purveyor of the new machine, Mike Mackey, should defend its Class II classification.

The Council resolved to continue negotiations with attorney Otto with the understanding that he would work under the guidance of Tribal Counsel Jim Shore.

In other actions: *The Tribal Council approved a two-year lease for 2,000 square feet of modular office space to be placed next to the Tribal Headquarters.

*Citing one example of a misguidedtravel itinerary -- a route to New Orleans by way of Chicago -- Chairman James Billie announced that the process of eliminating the Travel department has begun.

Billie also stated that changes were forthcoming in the areas of car leasing and rental, and insurance.

Billie wondered, "Is the Seminole Tribe the best place to work - or just the best place to rip off?"

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