County Counsel Doug Nelson announced at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that the county had been officially dropped from a lawsuit filed by one group claiming leadership over the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.
Madera County Sheriff John Anderson is still a defendant in the lawsuit filed by the Reggie Lewis faction, one of three faction heads who claims they should control the tribe and its lucrative casino.
The lawsuit alleges that Anderson conspired against Lewis and his supporters in “colluding, aiding and abetting” the faction of Nancy Ayala who also claims she is the tribe’s true leader.
“Anderson and abetting defendants have supported the Ayala faction in violating the tribe’s laws,” the suit reads. “Indeed, the defendants have engaged in an orchestrated collaborative effort to conspire to undermine the legitimate governing body of the tribe.” ...