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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
BIA: Chukchansi tribal council reset to 2010 election winners
Marc Benjamin of the Fresno Bee has the details of the BIA actually DOING SOMETHING in the Chukchansi matter.
The federal government has turned the clock back on Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians' tribal council elections.
In a letter sent Tuesday to tribal, local, state and federal officials, the Bureau of Indian Affairs reset the tribal council to the 2010 election, the last year there was not a politically charged council election.
"The situation at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians has deteriorated to a point that recognition of a government is essential for the purpose of contracting... and to prevent any further hiatus of this government-to-government relationship with the (tribe)."
The letter added: "The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, will conduct business, on an interim basis, with the last uncontested Tribal Council elected December 2010."
The council elected in that election included Chance Alberta, Nancy Ayala, Nokomis Hernandez, Dora Jones, Reggie Lewis, Morris Reid and Jennifer Stanley.
Members of that group later split off into three separate factions that led to politically charged elections and a near-riot at the business complex two years ago after Reid, Jones and their faction holed up in the business complex.
Reid, Jones and a third member were suspended from the tribal council.
That was followed last February by a referendum from the Ayala group, which led to members of Lewis' group being removed from the council.