All five members of the Madera County Board of Supervisors and Madera County Sheriff John Anderson were served with a lawsuit Tuesday filed in Chukchansi Tribal Court by the Reggie Lewis faction of All five members of the Madera County Board of Supervisors and Madera County Sheriff John Anderson were served with a lawsuit Tuesday filed in Chukchansi Tribal Court by the Reggie Lewis faction of Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.
The lawsuit alleges, according to a prepared statement from the Lewis group, that Anderson was made aware of numerous illegal actions taken by Nancy Ayala and her faction of supporters but failed to take action.
Anderson, the suit said, allowed supporters of Ayala to illegally remove records from the Chukchansi Indian Housing Authority offices.
Anderson initially prohibited access to the building by Lewis and Ayala, but after Lewis complied with Anderson's order to vacate the premises, Anderson allowed Ayala's faction access to the building and refused to take any action as Ayala removed 25 boxes of records from the building, including financial records.
The suit also said Anderson and his deputies also took no action against the driver of one of the vehicles involved in removing the boxes and records when the vehicle he was driving struck one of the tribe's security officers who was guarding the premises even though they witnessed it.
Faction tribal leader NANCY AYALA , along with Ayala's council members Tracey Brechbuehl, Karen Wynn, and Charles Sargosa are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
"The Chukchansi tribal council will not sit by idly while supposedly neutral law enforcement officials and elected leaders aid and abet Ayala and her illegal actions," said Lewis. "Anderson has not only refused to act to stop Ayala's illegal conduct, but has clearly taken sides in an internal tribal dispute. This lawsuit will force Anderson to stop involving himself in our internal tribal matters and let the federal process play out as it should."
Anderson has additionally failed to take any action against Ayala for hiring a security force of known gang members and writing hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal checks said the suit. When Ayala illegally kicked everyone off of the tribal council except for herself in February, Anderson assisted this illegal act by prohibiting access to the tribal offices by Lewis and other members of the tribal council and threatened to arrest the security officers who were legally engaged to protect the tribe's property.