After a nearly two-year power struggle, the official governing body of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Tribal Council has been determined by the passage of a referendum signed by 337 Chukchansi tribal members, officials announced this week.
An opposing faction within the tribe disputes this claim.
The referendum asked tribal members to affirm that the legitimate tribal council consists of Chairman Reggie Lewis, Secretary/Treasurer Chance Alberta, and members-at-large Carl “Buzz” Bushman and Irene Waltz. Tribal members additionally affirmed in the referendum the suspensions of Karen Wynn, Tracey Brechbuehl, and Nancy Ayala as active members of the Tribal Council.
The referendum was conducted with the assistance of the third-party Indian Dispute Resolution Services (IDRS), which assisted in the acquisition and processing of the required Tribal member signatures. IDRS, Inc. is a national Indian governed nonprofit organization based in Sacramento and founded in 1989 by five prominent national and regional Indian organizations...