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Faction seeks new election for tribe governance

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One of three factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians seeking to legitimatize its claims to tribal governance rights is conducting a referendum with the help of Madera County Clerk Rebecca Martinez.

A group known as the Reid Faction, which won a tribal election in December 2011, has put forth what it calls a “Referendum for a Clean Slate Election to resolve the dispute between the Reid, Lewis and Ayala factions.”

After its win in 2011, the Reid Faction, led by former tribal Chair Morris Reid, sought to take over tribal government, but was denied access by the Lewis Faction led by incumbent tribal Chair Reggie Lewis.

Later in 2012, a third group, the Ayala Faction, led by Nancy Ayala and including members of the Wyatt and Ramirez families, seized control of the tribe-owned Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino by what some describe as a sort of coup in which casino guards loyal to the Ayala Faction denied entrance to members of the Reid and Lewis factions...


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