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Letters to the Editor - 11/21/13 edition

November 19, 2013 

Dear Editor,

I must respond to Nancy Ayala's "Struggle for control" guest commentary in the Oct. 31 Sierra Star. The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians struggle for control would never have happened if not for her own foolish actions. In her commentary, she conveniently omits the fact that she precipitated the tribal split on Feb. 21 by violating the tribal constitution she swore to uphold.

On that date, through an illegal referendum, she claimed that the tribe was comprised of only 46 people (her small group of self-interested family members). Now she would have you believe she cares about all 900 tribal members. Really? Don't you believe it. It's easier to fool people than to convince them they've been fooled. Wake up.

She would also have you believe she cares about the 1,000 casino employees. Really? Like the numerous tribal member employees, including elders, who once had good jobs at the casino but whose employment was terminated by her because they weren't on "her side?"

As for her reference to the "glass tower" offices in Fresno of the Lewis tribal council, the legitimate government in exile ... she chose to ban and exclude everyone but her "own people" at the Coarsegold offices.

She made the choice to barricade herself and her handful of supporters behind armed guards and concrete blocks inside a fenced trailer encampment in full view of casino patrons. She alone has tarnished our reputation and made our tribe a laughing stock. She is an embarrassment to all Native Americans and she needs to step down for the good of the tribe.

Real leaders don't divide people, they unite people.

Gina Bushman,


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