The Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians has launched an effort to remove its tribal chairman, Johnny Hernandez.
The tribe's seven-member Legislature signed a petition earlier this month to remove the chairman from office for allegedly misappropriating $27,180 of the tribe's money late last year for court services.
Santa Ysabel, which owns a casino near Lake Henshaw, has had an ongoing feud between its chairman and vice chairwoman, Brandie Taylor.
Taylor said Thursday that the tribe will conduct a hearing June 6 on the petition to remove Hernandez.
"Then, if the Legislators unanimously vote him out, then the next day at the general council meeting, there will be a secret ballot vote to keep him in office or not," Taylor said in a written statement. "The final say is the general council."
Adults among the 650-member tribe constitute its general council, which elects the chairman.