BIA moving to shut down mobile home park

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving to shut down a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California.

The BIA says Harvey Duro, the owner of the park, has been given enough chances to make improvements. "Almost three years," superintendent James Fletcher told The Palm Springs Desert Sun.

The 40-acre Desert Mobile Home Park, also known as Duroville, is home to more than 2,000 people. A BIA inspection found overcrowded homes, unsafe drinking water, sewage leaking and electrical problems that could pose a risk of death and injury to residents.

The park is located on an allotment. The tribe has been unable to regulate it, although Duro once served as chairman and currently sits on the council.

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Duroville may be forced to close permanently (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 8/9)

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