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Officials request fed intervention in squabble

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The next move in a long-running dispute between three factions claiming leadership over the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is back in the hands of federal officials.

At a Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting earlier this week, the supervisors agreed to send a letter to Bureau of Indian Affairs assistant secretary Kevin Washburn.

In it, the supervisors describe how the three faction heads who claim leadership — Nancy Ayala, who currently runs the tribe and its lucrative casino; Reggie Lewis, who claimed control over the tribe’s bank account; and Morris Reid, who claims a 2011 council election that he won was illegally invalidated — have displayed an “inability to resolve the issue of governance.”

“The Ayala and the Lewis factions have each employed private security companies that confront each other behind locked gates,” the letter said...


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