BIA headed to court over mobile home park

The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to sue the owner of a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California.

Harvey Duro, a former chairman of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe, had until Monday to respond to an inspection of his mobile home park. The BIA found overcrowded homes, unsafe drinking water, sewage leaking and electrical problems.

The BIA is concerned that someone might be hurt or killed in the park, agency superintendent Jim Fletcher said. Since the facility is located on Indian land, the federal government would be liable for any damages.

The 40-acre Desert Mobile Home Park, also known as Duroville, is home to more than 2,000 people.

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