Government calls for end to tribal standoff

Jun 10, 2014 2:56 PM

With tensions continuing to rise the Bureau of Indian Affairs has called for all sides involved with the Rolling Hills Casino dispute to stand down.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has issued a cease and desist letter to the occupants of Rolling Hills Casino, citing reports from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office that the standoff has become a "very volatile" situation.

In their letter, the BIA stated they are recognizing four people as the acting Tribal Council, the group consists of four people previously removed from the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians nine weeks ago.

The BIA will recognize these people as the acting tribal council because they represent the last uncontested Tribal Council of the Paskenta Band.

Despite the recognition of a Tribal Council by the BIA, the letter is calling for both sides to pull back from the standoff and workout the issues internally.

The findings of the letter can be appealed within 30 days following the decision.

The tensions began in April when the tribe's general council voted to remove more than 70 members from the tribe.

Tribal police officers representing one faction of the Paskenta Band want to shut down the casino. They say the casino was taken over by force by non-tribal members led by a former tribal chairman.


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