Madera County Sheriff John Anderson filed suit last week against one faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians after it obtained a temporary restraining order against him.
A judge will hear the case Nov. 8 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to decide whether Anderson can stop enforcement of a restraining order from the faction headed by Reggie Lewis filed in its tribal court.
The faction sued the Madera County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff John Anderson. A tribal court judge, Jack Duran, a member of the Placer County Board of Supervisors, dismissed claims against Madera County supervisors, but ruled that a lawsuit can continue against Anderson.
Duran also issued a temporary restraining order to prevent Anderson from sending county law enforcement onto tribal land.
The suit stems from a tribal takeover of the gaming complex and casino by Lewis faction opponents, headed by Nancy Ayala. Ayala's supporters passed a tribal referendum and named new tribal council members. On Feb. 21, Ayala group members entered the tribal complex. Sheriff's deputies were called after an armed group reportedly was trying to stop them.
The Ayala group has controlled the casino and tribal office complex since.
Anderson said the lawsuit and restraining order are disturbing because they are attempts "to issue orders as to what the Madera County sheriff can and cannot do."
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