It has recently come to my attention that the IRS has initiated a criminal investigation of a tribally owned corporation. The allegations and requests for information do not involve the Tribe’s efforts to reopen its casino. These allegations and others relating to possible misuse of Tribal assets are of great concern and should be troubling to each member of the Tribe.
While the IRS investigation has just begun and in itself is not evidence of any criminal wrongdoing, as Chairman of the Tribe, I call upon the other tribal council members and the members of the general council to join me in demanding a forensic accounting of all allegations of misconduct and to report back to the membership with its findings.
As Chairman of the Tribe, I alone am tasked with making public statements regarding the Tribe, its businesses and other matters relating to our members and pledge to be transparent regarding the results of all investigations. I urge all tribal members to fully cooperate with these investigations.
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians