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Factions of unrecognized tribe ordered to mediate

A judge in California has ordered two factions of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation to mediate their leadership dispute.

One faction of the tribe is led by Rudy Rosales, the former chairman. The other is led by Duane Thielman, a former vice chairman.

The two sides are in disagreement over how to run the 500-member tribe. Each group has held elections, claiming to be the rightful government.

The tribe lacks federal recognition. A petition was filed in 1992.

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Mediation ordered for tribe in conflict (The Monterey Herald 1/24)

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