Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Dana Gardner, tru welu, Blue Box Blog

News Feed Item

Chukchansi Tribal Council: Interior Board Of Appeals Rejects Rogue Lewis Faction, BIA Regional Director's Decision; Reaffirms Status Of On-Rancheria Council

IBIA CRITICIZES ROGUE LEWIS FACTION'S THREATS OF VIOLENCE; REJECTS BIA REGIONAL DIRECTOR'S ALLEGATION OF UNSAFE CONDITIONS ON RANCHERIA

COARSEGOLD, Calif., April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Interior's Interior Board of Indian Appeals today reaffirmed the leadership of the on-rancheria ruling Tribal Council of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians by rejecting an appeal filed by Reggie Lewis, the head of a rogue faction falsely claiming to lead the Chukchansi Tribe. In rejecting the Lewis appealand rejecting a request by Amy Dutschke, the BIA's regional Director for the Pacific region, to make her February 2014 opinion effective immediatelythe IBIA dealt yet another blow to Lewis's fading hopes of grabbing control of the Chukchansi Tribe.

In staying Dutschke's decision, which only applied to the negotiation of certain contracts between the Tribe and the federal government, the IBIA left in place the Tribe's current on-rancheria government, which Vice Chair Tex McDonald (the acting Chairman); Treasurer Vernon King; Secretary Lynda Appling; Members-at-Large Charles Sargosa, Donna Featherstone and Amanda Ramirez; and Chair Nancy Ayala (currently suspended). It's this Council that runs the Tribe's government operations, including its casino and resort, from offices on the Rancheria.

Writing for the IBIA, Chief Administrative Judge Steven K. Linscheid admonished the Lewis group for its threat of violence in their briefing papers. Explained Judge Linscheid: "The Lewis/Reid faction arguesdisturbinglythat its own members … may be willing to create further instability and possibly engage in conduct that could lead to violence," if their appeal is not granted immediately. Regardless, Judge Linscheid rejected the Lewis appeal, writing that "the Regional Director and the Lewis/Reid faction have not made clear and convincing arguments that placing the Decision into immediate effect will preserve public safety."

"Again, the Lewis faction wastes our people's money, energy and time with their foolish lawyering and selfishnessand again they've lost," said Acting Chairman Tex McDonald. "While they sit in their glass tower in Fresno thinking of new ways to sabotage our Tribe, the on-rancheria Tribal Council continues to run the casino and resort and provide services to our people. You have to wonder when the Lewis faction will get the messagethat they're not in charge."

Treasurer Vernon King echoed McDonald's satisfaction with the ruling. "There is no emergency here on the rancheria and no risk to the publicexcept for the threats made by the Lewis group, as the Judge noted. Our Council is confident we will win this appeal, as we have continued to win in Court in ruling after ruling. The proof can be seen every day, when we come to work to do the business of the Chukchansi people."

Said Council Secretary Lynda Appling: "It's a shame the Lewis group is so intent on hurting their people and our Tribe's businesses. Their greed and legal mumbo jumbo has cost our Tribe millions of dollars. But our Council is determined to protect our people as we move forward. We will not back down."

Contact:
David Leibowitz
602.317.1414
[email protected]

SOURCE Chukchansi Tribal Council

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
It's time to face reality: "Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus," and in today's increasingly connected world, understanding "inter-planetary" alignments and deviations is mission-critical for cloud. In her session at 15th Cloud Expo, Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems, discussed cultural expectations of privacy based on new research across these elements
In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management at CA Technologies, discussed how a user-centric Application Performance Management solution can help inspire your users with every applicati...
The consumption economy is here and so are cloud applications and solutions that offer more than subscription and flat fee models and at the same time are available on a pure consumption model, which not only reduces IT spend but also lowers infrastructure costs, and offers ease of use and availability. In their session at 15th Cloud Expo, Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, and Ian Khan, Global Strategic Positioning & Brand Manager at Solgenia, discussed this shifting dynamic with an ...
As enterprises engage with Big Data technologies to develop applications needed to meet operational demands, new computation fabrics are continually being introduced. To leverage these new innovations, organizations are sacrificing market opportunities to gain expertise in learning new systems. In his session at Big Data Expo, Supreet Oberoi, Vice President of Field Engineering at Concurrent, Inc., discussed how to leverage existing infrastructure and investments and future-proof them against e...
Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. We've seen this problem occur time and time again. In his session at Big Data Expo, Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackI...
Once the decision has been made to move part or all of a workload to the cloud, a methodology for selecting that workload needs to be established. How do you move to the cloud? What does the discovery, assessment and planning look like? What workloads make sense? Which cloud model makes sense for each workload? What are the considerations for how to select the right cloud model? And how does that fit in with the overall IT transformation?
The recent trends like cloud computing, social, mobile and Internet of Things are forcing enterprises to modernize in order to compete in the competitive globalized markets. However, enterprises are approaching newer technologies with a more silo-ed way, gaining only sub optimal benefits. The Modern Enterprise model is presented as a newer way to think of enterprise IT, which takes a more holistic approach to embracing modern technologies.
For better or worse, DevOps has gone mainstream. All doubt was removed when IBM and HP threw up their respective DevOps microsites. Where are we on the hype cycle? It's hard to say for sure but there's a feeling we're heading for the "Peak of Inflated Expectations." What does this mean for the enterprise? Should they avoid DevOps? Definitely not. Should they be cautious though? Absolutely. The truth is that DevOps and the enterprise are at best strange bedfellows. The movement has its roots in t...
The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, Big Data and IoT isn’t just a play for enterprise. In fact, the IoT presents SMBs with the prospect of launching entirely new activities and exploring innovative areas. CompTIA research identifies several areas where IoT is expected to have the greatest impac...
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. 8th International Big Data Expo, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. As advanced data storage, access and analytics technologies aimed at handling high-volume and/or fast moving data all move center stage, aided by the cloud computing bo...
Every day we read jaw-dropping stats on the explosion of data. We allocate significant resources to harness and better understand it. We build businesses around it. But we’ve only just begun. For big payoffs in Big Data, CIOs are turning to cognitive computing. Cognitive computing’s ability to securely extract insights, understand natural language, and get smarter each time it’s used is the next, logical step for Big Data.
There's no doubt that the Internet of Things is driving the next wave of innovation. Google has spent billions over the past few months vacuuming up companies that specialize in smart appliances and machine learning. Already, Philips light bulbs, Audi automobiles, and Samsung washers and dryers can communicate with and be controlled from mobile devices. To take advantage of the opportunities the Internet of Things brings to your business, you'll want to start preparing now.
The 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - announces that its Call for Papers is open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Enterprises are fast realizing the importance of integrating SaaS/Cloud applications, API and on-premises data and processes, to unleash hidden value. This webinar explores how managers can use a Microservice-centric approach to aggressively tackle the unexpected new integration challenges posed by proliferation of cloud, mobile, social and big data projects. Industry analyst and SOA expert Jason Bloomberg will strip away the hype from microservices, and clearly identify their advantages and d...
In a world of ever-accelerating business cycles and fast-changing client expectations, the cloud increasingly serves as a growth engine and a path to new business models. Dynamic clouds enable businesses to continuously reinvent themselves, adapting their business processes, their service and software delivery and their operations to achieve speed-to-market and quick response to customer feedback. As the cloud evolves, the industry has multiple competing cloud technologies, offering on-premises ...