Statement From Chukchansi Tribal Council Chairwoman Nancy Ayala and the Chukchansi Tribal Council Quorum on the Mono North Fork Casino

Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:47pm EDT

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Statement From Chukchansi Tribal Council Chairwoman Nancy Ayala and the Chukchansi Tribal Council Quorum on the Mono North Fork Casino

The following is a statement from Chukchansi Tribal Council Chairwoman Nancy Ayala and the Chukchansi Tribal Council Quorum on the Mono North Fork Casino.

In the past 24 hours, the Tribal Council has been contacted multiple times by Sacramento insiders, tribal officials and reporters who have related an infuriating, astonishing story. According to multiple sources, it appears that Reggie Lewis, a lawfully removed Tribal Council member who continues to illegally hold himself out as the Chairman of the Chukchansi Tribe, is allegedly in the process of negotiating a multi-million-dollar financial deal to throw his support and the Chukchansi Tribe’s support behind the Mono North Fork Casino.

Such an agreement is illegal. Because Lewis is not a member of the Chukchansi Tribal Council Quorum, he cannot do business for our Tribe or sign a contract on our Tribe’s behalf. Lewis’ support for the North Fork Casino – a gaming facility that would destroy the Chukchansi Tribe’s casino business and flies in the face of Lewis’ own May newsletter condemning the Mono Casino – represents an act of treason against the Chukchansi Tribe.

Let us be abundantly clear. The Chukchansi Tribe is steadfast against the illegal, off-reservation casino proposed by the Mono Tribe. Each member of our Tribal Council Quorum – recognized as the ruling body of the Chukchansi Tribe by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs and multiple federal agencies – is in agreement: The North Fork casino should not be built in Madera, off the Mono Rancheria. Our Tribe does not support this casino now, nor will we support it in the future. We will remain actively engaged, together with our sister tribes, in strong opposition to this casino.

Chukchansi Tribal Council
David Leibowitz, 602-317-1414
david@leibowitzsolo.com

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