Disenrollment affects Picayune Rancheria leadership fight

Two factions are fighting for control of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California.

A faction led by Reggie Lewis has been responsible for removing over 100 people from the rolls in recent months. Fearing more disenrollments are on the way, a group led by Morris Reid is challenging an upcoming election.

The Lewis faction responded by cutting off benefits to Reid and two of his allies on the council. A fourth person was barred from joining the council despite winning an election in December.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says it won't get involved in the dispute.

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