FBI Raids Valley Indian Reservation

KSEE News on December 6, 2011 released the following:

“A valley Indian Tribe is being investigated by the FBI. Tuesday federal agents raided the Mono tribe headquarters in North Fork.

Federal officers took over the tribe’s headquarters at the North Fork Rancheria and another office down the street.

Officers left with bags and boxes of possible evidence. Geri Renfro is a general council member of the Mono Tribe. She says, “Other tribes are getting money. These guys aren’t giving us ours. We don’t know where it going.”

Renfo went on to say tribal leaders aren’t being honest with money. She says, “Something fishy is going on. I really believe so. I started a petition a week ago to remove them for abuse of power and not following the custom of taking care of elders and children.”

The Mono Tribe has spent the last few years trying to build a casino in Madera County. The Department of the Interior has already approved the project.

John Maier is the lawyer representing the Mono Tribe. In a statement he says, “The investigation apparently concerns the use and disclosure of the limited funds advanced to the Tribe for its proposed casino project…. This information is routinely made available to tribal citizens in considerable detail… The Tribe therefore does not understand the basis for the investigation, and is dismayed that information which the Tribe would have been more than willing to provide is instead being secured with a search warrant.”

The FBI has not released any details about the investigation.”


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