Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said Wednesday that he has sent a written request to two Valley Congressional leaders asking for assistance in resolving an ongoing election dispute between factions of the Chukchansi Indians.
He is asking both Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, and Congressman Jeff Denham, R-Fresno, to urge the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, or another entity to assist in mediating the situation.
The Chukchansi tribal administration building was occupied Sunday night by followers of Tribal Council members who had been elected Dec. 3, but locked out of administration facilities since Dec. 26 over disagreement about whether the Dec. 3 election was valid.
The dispute turned violent Monday night and early Tuesday when fights broke out. One person was stabbed and another badly beaten after foes of the newly elected council threw a burning log through a window and shot bear spray into the building. That’s when the sheriff and local law enforcement stepped in...