While the article Chukchansi Heads Reset to ‘10 Vote provides a detailed narrative of the Chukchansi tribe’s recent tribal politics, the article inaccurately states that in December 2011 Tribal Chairman Reggie Lewis and Treasurer Chance Alberta “refused to vacate their council seats.”
What occurred at the December 2011 meeting was when the meeting became violent, the tribal council voted to recess the meeting and all parties concede that the meeting ended in accordance with the tribe’s laws. The tribe has a constitution and laws, and no individual is above them.
This is especially true in light of the BIA decision from last week. The BIA made its decision effective immediately due to the exigent circumstances surrounding the tribe. This is significant because the BIA-recognized tribal council is the only governing body authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the tribe and conduct government-to-goverment relations with federal, state and local officials.
The tribal council hopes that everyone will respect the tribe’s laws and the BIA’s decision, but no matter what happens, the tribal council will continue to be guided by the best interests of all 900-plus tribal members.
Chukchansi tribal chair