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Seminole's Powerful Cypress Steps Down

The tribal council member "wanted to take a rest"



    Seminole's Powerful Cypress Steps Down
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    HOLLYWOOD, FL - FEBRUARY 08: The Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino is seen where Anna Nicole Smith collapsed February 8, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida. She died after being rushed to the Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    On the heels of an investigation that uncovered the exorbitant spending practices of members of the Seminole Tribe council, one of the tribe's most powerful members, David Cypress, has resigned, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

    Seminole tribe spokesperson Gary Bitner simply stated that Cypress, who has been serving on the council since the '80s, "wanted to take a rest," which is certainly understandable, considering the National Indian Gaming Commission recently found that council members boasted spending habits that would put Jay-Z to shame, including cars, jewelry and other personal items to the tune of $200,000.

    According to the NIGC, the violations were for payments that were made "under the pretense of delivering services pursuant to a tribal program or, in some cases, without any pretense at all."

    Council member Max Osceola proved that membership did, indeed have its privileges when he rang up $85,000 in bling and other assorted loot on his AmEx, while Cypress was called out for approving a $55,000 Yukon Denali truck for another tribe member, who bought the truck for a 10-spot - that's, like, half a cup holder. 

    Should the tribe be found guilty of persistent violations of the Indian Gaming Regulartory Act, the NIGC has the right to close the tribe's casinos - seven in total - which could mean no more trips to the Seminole Hard Rock to ride Tequila Ranch's mechanical bull. Which makes us sad.

    Now, the tribe is being required to submit four years of credit card reports and prove that they've re-paid all personal expenses. Perhaps they should give Marco Rubio a call.