California tribe agrees to election to end dispute

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM

CORNING, Calif. (AP) — Rival factions within a Native American tribe fighting over a Northern California casino and other assets have agreed to a binding general election.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller signed off on the agreement Monday following three days of intense mediation between members of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1ogVFkW) reports.

The election will take place Sept. 13.

Mueller also says a temporary restraining order will remain in effect prohibiting the groups from deploying armed guards or bringing firearms within 100 yards of the tribe's lucrative Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, California.

The dispute centers on alleged financial improprieties and who qualifies for membership. Tensions arose in April when the tribe's general council removed more than 70 members from its rolls including three removed from the tribe's governing body.

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