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Chukchansi group sues supes, sheriff

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Another lawsuit has been filed by one group against another claiming leadership over the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, but this time the Madera County Board of Supervisors and Madera County Sheriff John Anderson are also named as defendants.

Last week, the Reggie Lewis faction — one of the three faction heads who claims they should control the tribe and its lucrative casino — filed the suit against rival faction head Nancy Ayala and her tribal council, the board, and Anderson in tribal court.

Third faction head Morris Reid, who claims a 2011 election he won was illegally invalidated by Ayala and Lewis, remains in the fray but is not named in the suit.

David Leibowitz, spokes-man for the Ayala faction, alleged the lawsuit was pointless as it was filed in a tribal court recently created by the Lewis faction and not associated with the established tribal court on its lands...


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