|[December 12, 2013]
Ayala Quorum Council: N.Y. Supreme Court Victory over Lewis Faction Reaffirms Quorum's Control of Chukchansi Casino, Tribal Affairs
COARSEGOLD, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
A New York State Supreme Court Justice this morning threw out a host of
claims filed against Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Tribal
Council Chairwoman Nancy Ayala and the ruling Ayala Quorum Council.
The decision, by Justice Melvin Schweitzer, dismissed motions filed by
three former Council members, including Reggie Lewis and Chance Alberta,
said Chairwoman Ayala. According to Ayala, the judge's decision
represents "a big win for the Chukchansi people and a major loss for the
rogue Lewis-Alberta group."
Said Ayala: "The Justice's refusal to declare the Lewis-Alberta the
leaders o the Chukchansi Tribe and his decision to leave in place the
current financial structure - where the Ayala Quorum Council runs the
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and the tribal government - reaffirms
the work we're doing for the people.
"The Lewis-Alberta group talks about helping our people, but we're the
ones doing the work," said Ayala. "We pay the Tribe's bills, we have
day-to-day control of the casino, and we provide services to our people
from our offices on the Rancheria."
Tribal Council Secretary Tracey Brechbuehl echoed Ayala's satisfaction
at the Justic's decision. Said Brechbuehl: "The more the Lewis-Alberta
group wastes time and money trying to hurt their own people with false
court motions, the more determined we are to keep getting things done.
Thank goodness the Justice ruled in our favor."
Said Ayala, the chairwoman: "We have families who need their per capita,
elders who need assistance and children who need to pay tuition. These
folks won today. The last thing our people needed would be for the
Lewis-Alberta faction to get their hands on more of the Tribe's money.
The Justice stopped that cold this morning."
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