Apache Tribal Leader Speaks Out On Recent Casino Struggles

Thursday, August 1st 2013, 10:27 pm
By: News 9

An Apache tribal leader who's at the center of a nasty power struggle is answering allegations that there's missing casino money. 

Phillip Wetselline and Donnie Cabannis both claim they are Chairman of Oklahoma's Apache Tribe. 

Cabannis says Wetselline and other high-ranking tribe members have been co-mingling gambling revenue from the tribe's two casinos; both of which have closed down in the past week. 

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Wetselline says Cabannis is just angry because he was the tribes' General Council voted him out as Chairman several weeks ago, for missing too many meetings. 

"If he'd just stay out of our business, we could do our work," he said.  

Wetselline says the two casinos closed down for renovations, and will re-open "soon."

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