Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fresno BEE on the Turmoil Caused by the CASINO at Chukchansi

The reporters at the Fresno Bee have done excellent work in telling the story of what's happening at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.  Great teamwork in the storytelling

On a June day in 1999, close to 20 Chukchansi members burst into tribal headquarters, banging on doors, screaming and terrorizing staff members inside. Daisy Liedkie, the Chukchansi tribal chair at the time, later said one of the aggressors spit on her.

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino was at that time still mostly a dream, but the tantalizing possibility of big money had already begun to cause internal squabbling — squabbling that continues to this day. Now the casino sits closed, with millions being lost, because tribal members can’t get along.

Madera County sheriff’s deputies were called to the incident 15 years ago, and a subsequent report described the scene as “some sort of insurrection by Indian subjects.” Liedkie, 80 at the time, was ousted as tribal chair, and a short time later she and all her relatives were kicked out of the tribe. Scores more were sent packing with them.


“I think it was the death of her,” Chuck Schillings says of his late grandmother. “It just ripped her apart.”

Read the REST OF THE STORY ...

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

She didn't belong anyway! She was no good as the rest of you are no good. You were never from here and you will never belong here! Go find another tribe to terrorize with your whiney greed! Daisy did wrong to many TRUE chukchansi. She deserved All she got and then some.

White Buffalo said...

I read the article, and I agree with John Gomez the attitude is I can do what I want because you can't touch me. Tribes are doomed if the tribal council can control the general membership with the threat of disenrollment. There is so much evidence against these tribes and their continual violation of their own constitutions and bylaws and their flagrant snubbing of those members civil rights. If we do not learn from this then we will see more actions like this.

Anonymous said...

You would think all 3 groups would be begging for all they have kicked out of the tribe to comeback so they can keep their monies and casino open and start things all over the right way

Anonymous said...

Like John Gomez says, some tribes say lets keep doing what we want we are ok, until we are told no. What they forget is what "ALL" our ancestors went through, and it's not ok to put descendants through it again from inside the bands. Saying you can go against the people because you have a sovereign right to do it, is why we will no go away. 4ever

Anonymous said...

I want to make a statment about
Daisy well she was terrorize and
which is wrong doing and also at
that time Wyatt and Ramirez family
went and stole documents on
everything and on everyone which
is a theft and you name they should
been banned for life and after
couple of people took council seats
were let back in tribe. And remember
Reggie and them started this whole
problem this whole mess. And Tex
started the hornets nest he put
the frosting on the cake.

Anonymous said...

You can't ban or dis enroll the ramirez family with out them there is no sovereignty. They hold the deed to the picayune. They are the only family that owns picayune land. The only entity that hold the 7 mandatory requirements for a government. My family has known and lived along side the ramirez family for many many generations, they are good people and only want the best for their tribe. The wyatts started this mess 30 years ago, by stealing their inherent rights while they were morning the death of their mother and the woman who fought so hard for recognition for the chukchansi people, Maryann ramirez. Leading to a snowball effect over time. You can't get rid of the only citizans of the picayune. No matter how much you people hate the truth the ramirez family are the ONLY tribal members who live and own the "rez" Maryann grew up in a little house right where the casino sits today. They dug up and desecrated her ancestors to build that casino. All while her children fought the only way they knew how to make things right. The ramirez family has been on the picayune for hundreds of years.

Anonymous said...

Ya I was considering changing pala to the Robert smith band of Mission Indians. So i know where your coming from. Has a nice ring to it.

Anonymous said...

Why did the post about the Ramirez "owning the Rez" get deleted. Fuckin hypocrites

Anonymous said...

Keep this place closed down! Obviously this tribe cannot run a multi-million dollar business. Prove that indian gaming has some decency, please NIGC. North Fork deserves a chanca, yes on 48!!! Table Mountain practices disenrollment. They have made their money. "Share the buffalo" like when prop 95 seemed like a good idea.

Anonymous said...

Ramirez owing the Rez? Bahahahaha!!!! They don't own a damn thing! It's not a Rez. It's a Rancheria. Can't believe our own people call it a Rez. They don't know what a Rez is. Picayune Rancheria not Rez. Don't know why our own people think that.
Anyways don't know how we got off topic.
McDonald did the right thing. Hope he gets it up & running. I used to work for Reginald in his Fresno "tribal" offices.
He's a damn liar & thief. We all know that.
McDonald's council needs to team up with the Reid faction to get these squatters out of the casino property.
Now the Lewis/Ayala thrives have 11 tribal council members. Lame!!

Anonymous said...

TEAM UP

Anonymous said...

the ramirez AND wyatt had control of the council for a month (give or take) WHAT HAPPENED?

Anonymous said...

Had control? That's a load of b.s. Nancy n Karen n Tracy had control they just put ramirez and wyatt on to make it look good to the courts! Why because without the citizens they have nothing. So why not toss one on the back burner for looks.

Anonymous said...

Our constitution does not mention "citizens of Picayune" so we are all equal. Last I heard you "citizens" LOST in court. If you have more power or rights than the rest of us why don't you fix this problem with Tex and Reggie? Until then get off your high horse and realize that you are just poor Indians like the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Team up?

White Buffalo said...

Teaming up is the correct way. Get the membership together with someone who knows and understand s the tribal constitution and bylaws and keep your effort above board and according to your governing document. The leadership will have to comply. Also get detailed recording or reporting of what went on and what was decided according to the wishes of the general membership and again to the constitution and bylaws.

Anonymous said...

They do own the rancheria. And it was deleted because they are all hypocrites. If you don't believe they own the rancheria ( called the rez by those who don't live there) then why don't you look up the deed fool. They own every inch of the rancheria and always have. You can hate it all you want but in the end they will be the ones left on the picayune with or without the casino.tex won't get it up and running he is looking a prison again! All you punk ass wanna be chukchansi ' s don't even know a thing about the picayune. Mary JJones is not the center of the rez like you mariposa wannabe's try to claim. You want the truth look at picayune history!!!! Picayunechukchansihistory.com it's got everything from tillie Hardwick to today. Look what happen at Jackson sheep ranch!!!!! Don't claim a history you know nothing about. The picayune was is and always will be the ramirez allotment, they have been there all their lives and will continue to be there even after the casino is gone and you greedy ass people find another tribe to rob and disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Bahahahaha lmao Dora Jones first reaction was to try n enroll with northfork! And she was denied. And we all know table won't let those fools in relations or not. I hope they all end up broke and disgusted.

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