|A faction of the Paskenta
Band of Nomlaki Indians in California is asking the
Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize a new set of leaders.
Chairman Andy Freeman delivered a petition to the BIA's Central California Agency on Thursday. His faction claims tribal members elected four new council members in May.
The BIA, however, has not recognized the results of that election. According to an administrative
order that was issued on Monday, the last uncontested council consists of Freeman and four other leaders who are still holding onto power.
Those four other leaders say they have been trying to meet with Freeman to resolve the dispute. Tensions have been high on the reservation, with both factions sending security forces to the tribal casino.
“Paskenta has never been a violent tribe. The Nomlaki people are peaceful and respectful of government process,” Vice Chairman David Swearinger.said in a press release.
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Tribal members petition Bureau of Indian Affairs over Tribal Council makeup
(The Red Bluff Daily News 6/13)
BIA issues cease and desist as Paskenta Band
dispute continues (6/11)
Rival faction of Paskenta Band tries to
shut down tribal casino (6/10)
of Paskenta Band air dispute at city council meeting (6/5)
Editorial: Cooler heads must prevail at
Paskenta Band's casino (6/2)
NIGC reportedly sends investigators to
Paskenta Band casino (5/29)
Ex-sheriff says no one
looking into Paskenta Band theft claims (05/19)
Leadership dispute within Paskenta Band appears to
Leader of Paskenta Band
raises new claim about theft allegation (5/7)
Leaders of Paskenta Band raise questions about
chair's actions (5/2)
accuses suspended family of misappropriation (5/1)
Paskenta Band suspends family during contentious
says leadership issues won't affect casino (4/22)