Outraged tribal leaders head to Sacramento for BIA meeting

Jun 12, 2014 2:26 PM

Three days after being served a cease and desist order from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and a day after another confrontation between tribal factions at Rolling Hills Casino, the side in control is sending members to Sacramento this morning demanding the BIA recognize their tribal council.

Members of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians left from Willows at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday with petitions they believe recognize the new tribal council they created April 12th. That same day they ousted members of the Pata, Crosby, and Lohse families.

The members headed to Sacramento today say they are hoping to speak with a regional director of the BIA, with the intention of proving the tribe has already spoken.

David Swearinger, an ousted tribal member says the situation will be resolved when the BIA comes in and tells the tribe in control to leave.


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