This is probably one of for AS-IA Kevin Washburn's last actions. He starts off by saying that the BIA loathes getting involved in tribal membership issues but then goes on to tell the tribe who their membership will be derived from and in the next breath rejects their constitution.
It appears that the BIA/Interior will get involved IF the tribe is NOT a rich casino tribe.
Responding to the court's remand, I conclude that the Tribe's membership is more than
five people, and that the 1998 General Council does not consist of valid representatives of the
I further conclude that the individuals who make up the Eligible Groups must be given
opportunity to take part in the reorganization of CVMT. At the discretion of the Eligible
Groups, the Miwok Indians named on the 1929 Census and their descendants may be given
that opportunity to participate in the reorganization of CVMT.
I find that Mr. Dixie has not proven that the 2013 Constitution was validly ratified. I authorize
the BIA Pacific Regional Director (RD) to receive additional submissions from Mr. Dixie for
the purpose of establishing whether the 2013 Constitution was validly ratified. As an alternative,
I encourage the Tribe to petition for a Secretarial election under 25 C.F.R. Part 81 within 90 days
of this decision.
Pursuant to today's decision, the RD will work with the Eligible Groups to help the Tribe attain
its manifest goal of reorganizing.
This is a role that BIA has undertaken in other situations
involving California Rancherias.
Read the entire Kevin Washburn letter here