Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BIA Ruling Be Damned: US District Court Rules in Favor of One Corrupt Chukchansi Group (Lewis) Over the Other Corrupt Group (Ayala).

A Fresno judge ruled Tuesday that a Chukchansi leadership group led by Reggie Lewis has legal standing to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the tribe's multi-million dollar bank accounts.

The U.S. District Court ruling sets the stage for the ultimate prize: a federal court ruling on who controls the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi’ Indians in Madera County and its casino's haul of $9 million a month from slot machines and table games.

Nancy Ayala, who contends she is the tribe's chair, filed the suit in April, seeking a court order to compel Rabobank to give her unrestricted access to the tribe's casino and other bank accounts.
Rabobank, however, has refused to do so. The bank recognizes Lewis' council as the tribe's legitimate governing body and has allowed it to withdraw funds, Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng said in his ruling.

Court documents submitted by Lewis and Rabobank "raise substantial questions about the validity of the tactics used by the Ayala faction to assert control of the Tribe, justify its actions, and even initiate this litigation," Seng wrote Read more here:

Therefore, "the court finds that the Lewis faction does have a significant protectable interest in the subject matter of this suit," he ruled. The decision comes a day after Ayala's group circulated a month-old Bureau of Indian Affairs letter that apparently confirms her as the tribe's chair. 

Tuesday, Lewis and his supporters disputed Ayala's contention, saying the BIA letter was miscast as proof of her leadership. Lewis said more than 50% of the tribe's estimated 760 voting members have signed a referendum in support of his council as the tribe's governing body.

The case now heads to Judge Lawrence O'Neill's Fresno federal courtroom, but it's unclear when the legal arguments will take place; Seng has given Ayala 15 days to file an opposition to his ruling.

In addition, Reid, who has been involved in tribal leadership — and upheavals — since the 1990s when the Chukchansi casino was first planned, has filed court papers seeking legal standing in the federal case.
Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/06/11/3338830/judge-rules-in-favor-of-lewis.html#storylink=cpy

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