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
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