The Record Searchlight has the one-sided story:
On Tuesday law enforcement officers of the Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California evicted people who were illegally occupying five tribal homes owned by the tribe located on the Robinson Indian Rancheria Reservation.
The Robinson Rancheria Tribal Court ordered the tenants who failed to pay, to move out more than a year ago, but they had refused to leave, according to Tribal Attorney Lester Marston.
The tribe's federally-commissioned law enforcement officers began removing the occupants early Tuesday morning.
"At first, they (the residents) were not cooperative. A number of the people refused to leave," John Oliveira, Acting Chief of Police of the Robinson Police Department, said. Oliveira led the officers who carried out the eviction orders. "Fortunately, the tribe's law enforcement officers were able to keep everyone calm and convinced them not to do anything rash. We were able to remove all of the occupants and their possessions."
In early 2010, the Robinson Rancheria Housing Department filed an eviction action against the then delinquent tenants occupying the homes in the Robinson Rancheria Tribal Court.
Accused embezzler Tracey Avila has a comment: The Robinson Rancheria Chairperson, Tracey Avila stated, "The delinquent tenants want people outside the tribe to think that they are victims. Everybody else in this country has to pay rent or make mortgage payments. If this was not tribal housing on tribal land, these people would have been evicted by the Lake County Sheriff pursuant to State Court orders two years ago. But state courts don't have jurisdiction over Indian lands. So the evictions had to be done in Tribal Court."
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