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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Chukchansi's GOVERNANCE problems to delay housing for elders
A letter from Reggie Lewis, signed as chairman of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, has been received by the Madera County Planning Department, asking for a 90-day continuance of a scheduled Aug. 6 planning commission public hearing concerning a proposed Oakhurst subdivision that would provide housing for tribal elders and families.
In the letter, Lewis said the tribe is in the midst of a governance controversy, and that a faction of the tribe headed by Nancy Ayala and Don Ctibor, "former" executive director of the Chukchansi Indian Housing authority, and others, "have no authority to act on behalf of the tirbe or the CIH."