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Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment
Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment (February 7, 2020)

Indigenous America is once again facing off with disenrollment.


Chukchansi Tribe starts disenrollment proceedings against more than 60 citizens
Chukchansi Tribe starts disenrollment proceedings against more than 60 citizens (June 27, 2019)

It looks like the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is getting back into the disenrollment game.


Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges
Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges (October 3, 2017)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is holding an open enrollment period after removing hundreds of people from its rolls.


Chukchansi Tribe sued for $750K in unpaid rent on headquarters
Chukchansi Tribe sued for $750K in unpaid rent on headquarters (November 4, 2016)

One faction of the California tribe was using an office building as its headquarters during


Voters of Chukchansi Tribe oust two incumbents in council election
Voters of Chukchansi Tribe oust two incumbents in council election (October 4, 2016)

Newcomers Heather Airey and Patrick Hammond are joining incumbent Tom Walker on the council for the California tribe.


Chukchansi Tribe schedules election for three council positions
Chukchansi Tribe schedules election for three council positions (September 29, 2016)

The California tribe has gone through turmoil in recent years but is trying to put its leadership disputes to rest.


Chukchansi Tribe sends disenrollment letters to founding families
Chukchansi Tribe sends disenrollment letters to founding families (August 5, 2016)

One of the few people who can teach the Chukchansi language is among those being targeted for removal.


Chukchansi Tribe threatens to remove rivals from membership rolls
Chukchansi Tribe threatens to remove rivals from membership rolls (August 1, 2016)

The rivals are accused of belonging to more than one tribe but it looks like they are being targeted for forming their own council.


California Tribal Business Alliance welcomes Chukchansi Tribe again
California Tribal Business Alliance welcomes Chukchansi Tribe again (April 18, 2016)

The Pala Band of Luiseño Indians is no longer the sole member of the organization.


Leadership of Chukchansi Tribe appears solid after IBIA decision
Leadership of Chukchansi Tribe appears solid after IBIA decision (February 1, 2016)

Rival factions have been clashing for years but a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs nearly two years ago helped lead the tribe back to stability.


Chukchansi Tribe confirms IRS summons into economic arm
Chukchansi Tribe confirms IRS summons into economic arm (August 18, 2015)

The head of Chukchansi Inc. also sits on the tribal council and Chairman Reggie Lewis wants him suspended from office.


Woman from Chukchansi Tribe hospitalized after dog attack
Woman from Chukchansi Tribe hospitalized after dog attack (November 11, 2014)

Karen Shultz, 63, as mauled by at least six dogs and suffered severe injuries to her face and head.


Once rival factions of Chukchansi Tribe agree to 2015 election
Once rival factions of Chukchansi Tribe agree to 2015 election (August 27, 2014)

Once rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians agreed to hold an election next year but another group is disputing the plan.


Rival factions unite in takeover attempt within Chukchansi Tribe
Rival factions unite in takeover attempt within Chukchansi Tribe (August 26, 2014)

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


Chukchansi Tribe reportedly goes through leadership takeover
Chukchansi Tribe reportedly goes through leadership takeover (August 8, 2014)

Five council members, including the chairman, were suspended on ethics charges.


New leaders claim to be in control of Chukchansi Tribe council
New leaders claim to be in control of Chukchansi Tribe council (May 6, 2014)

A leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California seems to be getting messier.


Tex McDonald: Clearing the air about Chukchansi Tribe's leaders
Tex McDonald: Clearing the air about Chukchansi Tribe's leaders (February 20, 2014)

Tex McDonald says he's the acting chair of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California.


BIA issues decision in  Chukchansi Tribe leadership dispute
BIA issues decision in Chukchansi Tribe leadership dispute (February 12, 2014)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued a decision regarding the leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California.


Judge won't force HUD to release $3M to Chukchansi Tribe
Judge won't force HUD to release $3M to Chukchansi Tribe (January 13, 2014)

A federal judge won't force the Department of Housing and Urban Development to release $3 million to the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California.


Nancy Ayala: Handling the    daily business of Chukchansi  Tribe
Nancy Ayala: Handling the daily business of Chukchansi Tribe (October 31, 2013)

Nancy Ayala, a disputed leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California, explains her faction's side of the struggle.


Meeting fails to resolve   leadership dispute in  Chukchansi Tribe
Meeting fails to resolve leadership dispute in Chukchansi Tribe (September 17, 2013)

Three rival leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California remain at odds despite a meeting that sought to bring their factions together.


Chukchansi Tribe missing out on   funds amid leadership  dispute
Chukchansi Tribe missing out on funds amid leadership dispute (September 3, 2013)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California is missing out on millions of dollars in federal funds due to its leadership dispute.


Chukchansi Tribe requests zoning change for housing project
Chukchansi Tribe requests zoning change for housing project (July 18, 2013)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California needs a zoning change for a housing development.


BIA asked to intervene in Chukchansi  Tribe leadership dispute
BIA asked to intervene in Chukchansi Tribe leadership dispute (July 11, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is being asked to intervene in a leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians.


Rick Cuevas: 'Leaders' to blame in Chukchansi Tribe  dispute
Rick Cuevas: 'Leaders' to blame in Chukchansi Tribe dispute (June 27, 2013)

Rick Cuevas discusses the leadership crisis within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indianss in California.


One faction of Chukchansi Tribe claims victory in court case
One faction of Chukchansi Tribe claims victory in court case (June 12, 2013)

A leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California is claiming victory as part of a lawsuit in federal court. Reggie Lewis should be allowed to intervene...


BIA wades into leadership dispute within Chukchansi  Tribe
BIA wades into leadership dispute within Chukchansi Tribe (June 11, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has identified Nancy Ayala as the leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California. The BIA says Nancy and six other leaders...


Chukchansi Dispute: Rival factions fight it out in the media
Chukchansi Dispute: Rival factions fight it out in the media (May 16, 2013)

A leadership dispute continues within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California. Reggie Lewis claims to be the rightful leader of the tribe. He says the results of...


Faction calls on BIA to intervene in Chukchansi Tribe dispute
Faction calls on BIA to intervene in Chukchansi Tribe dispute (April 29, 2013)

One faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California wants the Bureau of Indian Affairs to intervene in a tribal leadership dispute. Reggie Lewis claims he is...


Rival faction of Chukchansi  Tribe disputes outcome of petition
Rival faction of Chukchansi Tribe disputes outcome of petition (April 25, 2013)

A leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California is disputing a petition that was circulated by a rival faction. The petition asked tribal members to affirm...


Group claims petition resolves Chukchansi  leadership dispute
Group claims petition resolves Chukchansi leadership dispute (April 23, 2013)

A faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California says tribal members have resolved a leadership dispute through a petition. The petition asked tribal members to affirm...


This American Life: Chukchansi Tribe  stuck in bitter disputes
This American Life: Chukchansi Tribe stuck in bitter disputes (April 3, 2013)

This American Life on the election and disenrollment disputes within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California: There is a Native American tribe in California called the Chukchansi...


One faction of Chukchansi  Tribe  in control of bank accounts
One faction of Chukchansi Tribe in control of bank accounts (March 21, 2013)

One faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California is controlling the tribe's bank accounts, The Sierra Star reports. Reggie Lewis and his council say they are...


Picayune Rancheria of   Chukchansi Indians  embroiled in dispute
Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians embroiled in dispute (March 14, 2013)

A leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California appears to have no resolution in sight. One group is controlled by Nancy Ayala and other is...


Rival factions of Chukchansi  Tribe meet BIA in leadership dispute
Rival factions of Chukchansi Tribe meet BIA in leadership dispute (March 7, 2013)

Rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California met with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Tuesday but a solution didn't appear in sight. Two groups...


Panel takes up Chukchansi  disnerollment and leadership dispute
Panel takes up Chukchansi disnerollment and leadership dispute (March 4, 2013)

A disenrollment and leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California was the subject of a public forum last week. In the 1980s, only about 30...


Leadership dispute within  Chukchansi  Tribe draws local police
Leadership dispute within Chukchansi Tribe draws local police (February 27, 2013)

Rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California are once again battling for control of the tribe. One group consisting of the Ramirez and Wyatt families...


BIA approves land-into-trust application for Chukchansi Tribe
BIA approves land-into-trust application for Chukchansi Tribe (January 10, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California. The 12.48 acres are contiguous to the reservation, The Fresno...


Picayune Rancheria continues enrollment purge with another 43
Picayune Rancheria continues enrollment purge with another 43 (December 6, 2012)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California has removed another 43 people from the rolls, The Sierra Star reports. The tribe at one point had more than 1,000...


Chukchansi Tribe reportedly removing another 100 from rolls
Chukchansi Tribe reportedly removing another 100 from rolls (August 14, 2012)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California is reportedly removing more people from its rolls. Sources told The Fresno Bee that 100 people are being kicked out. "It's...


Chukchansi Tribe is the latest to jump into payday loan industry
Chukchansi Tribe is the latest to jump into payday loan industry (July 11, 2012)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California has started an Internet payday loan business. The tribe started offering loans online last month, The Fresno Bee reported. A former...


Trio who won Chukchansi council seats told they can't serve
Trio who won Chukchansi council seats told they can't serve (March 30, 2012)

Three people who won election to the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California have been told they can't join the tribal council. Morris Reid, Dora Jones and Dixie...


Election fails to resolve Chukchansi Tribe leadership dispute
Election fails to resolve Chukchansi Tribe leadership dispute (March 27, 2012)

Leadership drama continues within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California. The tribe held an election last December in which Reggie Lewis, the chairman, was ousted. Morris Reid,...


Leadership controversy  continues within Chukchansi  Tribe
Leadership controversy continues within Chukchansi Tribe (March 12, 2012)

Members of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California voted in a dispute election on Saturday. Chairman Reggie Lewis, who was voted out of office in December, won...


Members of Picayune Rancheria to vote in disputed election
Members of Picayune Rancheria to vote in disputed election (March 8, 2012)

Members of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California head to the polls on Saturday. The tribe held an election in December in which Morris Reid, Dora Jones,...


Cooling-off period ends for rival  factions  of Picayune Rancheria
Cooling-off period ends for rival factions of Picayune Rancheria (March 6, 2012)

Rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California appear to be at peace as they prepare for a disputed election this weekend. Reggie Lewis and Morris...


Chukchansi  factions agree to extend cooling-off thru weekend
Chukchansi factions agree to extend cooling-off thru weekend (March 2, 2012)

Rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California have agreed to extend their cooling-off period through the weekend, The Fresno Bee reports. Two factions, one led...


BIA agrees to mediate    Chukchansi Tribe's leadership dispute
BIA agrees to mediate Chukchansi Tribe's leadership dispute (March 1, 2012)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to mediate a leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California. Two factions, one led by Morris Reid and...


Editorial: Plenty of blame to go around in Chukchansi dispute
Editorial: Plenty of blame to go around in Chukchansi dispute (March 1, 2012)

"It's difficult to find anyone in the Chukchansi tribal controversy who shouldn't share the blame for the dispute turning violent this week. Both factions in the leadership battle took calculated...


Standoff at  Picayune Rancheria    headquarters turns violent
Standoff at Picayune Rancheria headquarters turns violent (February 29, 2012)

One person was stabbed and two others were injured as a leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California turned violent on Tuesday. A faction led...


Chukchansi  faction occupies tribal headquarters in dispute
Chukchansi faction occupies tribal headquarters in dispute (February 28, 2012)

Members of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California are occupying the tribal headquarters as part of an ongoing leadership dispute. A group led by Morris Reid stormed...


Disenrollment affects    Picayune Rancheria leadership fight
Disenrollment affects Picayune Rancheria leadership fight (February 27, 2012)

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...


Opinion: Quit being sovereign and just become Americans
Opinion: Quit being sovereign and just become Americans (February 24, 2012)

"I have become concerned because of recent developments where our Sovereign Nation neighbors are taking profits from their gaming business and going into competition with non-sovereign nation businesses. If we...


BIA won't get involved in Chukchansi  disenrollment dispute
BIA won't get involved in Chukchansi disenrollment dispute (February 10, 2012)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn't getting involving in a disenrollment dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California The tribe removed 54 people from the rolls...


Opinion: BIA intervention required for Chukchansi dispute
Opinion: BIA intervention required for Chukchansi dispute (February 2, 2012)

"If you didn't get confused -- even once -- watching the TV series "Lost," then the latest goings-on involving the Chukchansi tribe should be up your alley. It's tempting to...


Opinion: Tribe heads  in wrong direction with disenrollment
Opinion: Tribe heads in wrong direction with disenrollment (December 15, 2011)

'The topic was "Indians of the Midwest" and the professor was knowledgeable and conveyed serious respect for Native culture, but something kept gnawing at me as she talked. There are...


Turtle Talk: Intolerance can lead to a weak tribal sovereign
Turtle Talk: Intolerance can lead to a weak tribal sovereign (December 14, 2011)

"I have argued before, and argue again here, that Indian tribes can be intolerant. They have a “right” to do so under our current understanding of federal Indian law. Intolerant...


Chukchansi  Tribe takes one of last fluent speakers off rolls
Chukchansi Tribe takes one of last fluent speakers off rolls (December 13, 2011)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California has removed hundreds of people from its rolls, including one of the last fluent speakers of the Chukchansi language. The tribe...


Picayune Rancheria  removes dozens of people from the rolls
Picayune Rancheria removes dozens of people from the rolls (November 21, 2011)

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California is removing as many as 55 people from the rolls, The Sierra Star reports. At least 35 people were already disenrolled....


Rande Payne: Disenrollment    threatens tribal sovereignty
Rande Payne: Disenrollment threatens tribal sovereignty (October 28, 2011)

"I found the Sept. 29 Sierra Star article by Carmen George about disenrollment of Chukchansi tribal members very informative and well written, although it is very disheartening to see what...