The Press Enterprise in another example of writing about problems at tribes other than Pechanga has the full story.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has been named in a lawsuit linking the tribe to a 2006 murder-for-hire plot hatched inside a private casino VIP lounge.
Previously, tribal members Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez, 26, and her brother, Erik Barajas, 36, were named in the suit filed last year linking the siblings to the Mexican Mafia gang.
Attorney Frank Peterson, representing plot target Leonard Epps, claims in a Jan. 6 filing that the tribe is liable because it gave gang members special access to a private casino lounge.
"I'm saying, 'Hey, you were negligent,' " Peterson said Wednesday. "You let them in."
Tribe spokesman Jacob Coin did not return calls seeking comment.
The proposed amendment to the $50 million lawsuit filed last year contains tentative language that could link the tribe to the murder plot.
"That will be a jury question," Peterson said.
It looks like we will see if judges will kick the case on sovereignty issues, meaning that tribes will bear no responsibility for criminal activity on their reservation, towards those who are not from the tribe. Is this what was meant by self reliance?