BIA threatens to close reservation trailer park

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is giving an Indian landowner 90 days to bring his mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Reservation in California up to fire code.

If Henry Duro doesn't act by that date, the BIA said it will ask a federal judge to shut down the park, known as "Duroville." A fire on Monday destroyed six trailers and left eight families homeless.

The Desert Mobile Home Park is located on a 40-acre allotment on the reservation. The tribe says it has little control over the facility, along with other trailer parks and dumps that have posed environmental and health hazards.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently stepped in to close down a major dump on the reservation.

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Fire may speed closure of desert trailer park (The Los Angeles Times 5/16)

Relevant Links:
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