State of California files lawsuit in lieu of tribal standoff

Jun 17, 2014 7:50 PM

The State of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.

The state says the recent standoff between opposing tribal factions has become an "imminent threat to the public health and safety" and for the sake of public safety, both sides must stand down.

The state of California claims the tribe is in violation of an agreement they signed with the state in September of 1999.

In the agreement tribal leaders agreed to cease any gaming activities when public safety was compromised. Today's lawsuit claims recent standoffs and protests on casino grounds, while the casino remained open was a violation of the agreement.

As a result of the contract breach, the state is ordering that there be no more attempts by either faction to forcefully take control of Rolling Hills Casino, no tribal police force representing either faction shall be allowed on casino grounds, and no individuals with tribal ties shall be allowed to possess firearms on tribal property.

Tribal Chairman Andy freeman said "I am so thankful for the state stepping in on this issue. It doesn't change anything about the casino, our guys are not armed. It asks the other group not to make any crazy moves".


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