Congress Exempt From Open Records Law
by Richard Moore
Sitting in Congress is a bill sponsored by 8th District Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Appleton) that would allow the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians to sell its fee lands without further approval from the federal government, but if you think you're entitled to any documents Kagen might have about the bill - including any correspondence between his office and the tribe - think again.
The American people don't have the right to see any of it.
That's because, as a sovereign nation, the tribe is not subject to federal or state open records statutes. What most Americans may not know is that Congress, reveling in its own bit of sovereignty, is not subject to those laws, either.
Except for what lawmakers want the public to see, congressional records are legally off limits and as secret as the CIA.
The pending t
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