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Non-Indian couple still disputing jurisdiction of Rincon Band

A non-Indian couple continues to challenge the jurisdiction of the Rincon Band of Mission Indians in California.

Steve and Suzanne Rogers-Dial live on property owned by Marvin Donius. They say the tribe is trying to force Donius off his land, which is within reservation boundaries.

"It makes my blood boil," Steven Rogers-Dial told The North County Times . "They are looking for something to get Marvin thrown off this property."

Dorius has lost a series of rulings in tribal, state and federal courts. The latest was a decision from a federal judge in July 2011 that said he must exhaust his tribal remedies.

Steve Rogers-Dial operates a trucking business at the property that the tribe says poses an environmental, health and safety hazard on the reservation.

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