Marc Benjamin of the Fresno Bee has the continuing story of corruption at Chukchansi:
Two tribal council members elected in December have been removed by a rival Chukchansi Tribal Council. Incumbents Morris Reid and Dora Jones, both winners in a December election that was later nullified by the council, were formally removed last week.
A letter dated May 4 said Reid and Jones were removed for "neglect of duty" and "misconduct." Their hearings were April 24. They did not show up to defend themselves, Reid said, because they don't view the opposing council led by Reggie Lewis as legitimate.
The removal is already in effect and is not subject to appeal or reconsideration, the letter said. "It's really no surprise," Reid said. Previously, Harold Hammond, who won a spot on the council in the same election, was disqualified after five of seven losing candidates filed appeals demanding Hammond's removal.
The appealing candidates, who included Lewis and fellow incumbent Chance Alberta, said Hammond could not run for office because he allegedly violated a badge policy while visiting the casino last year. A March election for Hammond's seat resulted in Lewis' election. The December election was followed by a raucous meeting at the end of that month, when Reid and his members claim they were sworn in. That was followed by a standoff in February after Reid's group took over a tribal office. The takeover resulted in a large fight in which three people were injured.
The remaining council member elected in December, Dixie Jackson, is in limbo. Like Hammond, Reid and Jones, Jackson was suspended from tribal benefits by the Lewis council for 10 years and tribal council participation for five years. She said her status falls into a gray area because she wasn't an incumbent in the election, and her swearing-in at the December meeting was considered illegitimate by the group headed by Lewis. But she also said her suspension prohibits her from serving on the council headed by Lewis.
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