It’s been less than a year since the Chukchansi tribe ended the 14-month closure of their casino due to tribal infighting. Recently, when all seemed to have settled down, disenrollment letters were sent to many members, including some to founding families of the tribe.
“Dual enrollment” is the issue being raised, which circles back to the two factions who fought for control of the casino and tribe two years ago. By establishing a second tribal council to appeal to the federal Interior Board of Indian Appeals, it is claimed that those being disenrolled created a “dual enrollment” situation.
The tribe will hold hearings for those receiving the disenrollment letters to give them the opportunity to give up membership in the other group or risk being taken off the tribal rolls.