Rival factions unite in takeover attempt within Chukchansi Tribe

Leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians in less disruptive times. Photo from Facebook

Another day, another leadership drama within the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California.

Two leaders that were once at odds joined forces and are claiming to be in control of the tribe. But their takeover is being disputed by a group that calls itself the legitimate council.

"We cannot let a group of rogue expelled leaders simply decide to take over our Tribe,” Secretary Lynda Appling said in a post on Facebook. “They can bring in their ‘hired guns’ and out-of-state tribal cops and try to storm this office, but our legally elected council will continue to fight back."

The tribe's leaders have been fighting for more than three years.

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