Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Leadership and Membership Changes at Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians

The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is a member of the California Tribal Business Alliance.  The other two member tribes are Pala and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.  The Chair of CTBA is Leslie Lohse who is also treasurer of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California.

Seems there has been a shakeup at Paskenta.  Some were disenrolled.  Their entire council was removed except Chairman Andy Freeman who is keeping his position.


A little more than 100 members showed up for the meeting (April 12th), but nearly half, including one tribal leader, were asked to leave by Tribal Chair Andy Freeman.

“It bothered him and a lot of things were brought to his attention and he acted on it,” said Tribe Treasurer Ambrosia Rico.

What bothered Freeman is that there were members of the “Henthorne/Pata” family not meeting the criteria for tribal membership.

The criteria is to have direct ancestral lineage to the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.

Other current tribal members and operators of Rolling Hills tell us they do not know how this family became part of this band around the time Rolling Hills Casino was built.

Their application was denied twice by an expert in anthropologic and genealogy investigations and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Read More Here - Action News Now - A major shake-up has taken place within the tribe that owns Rolling Hills Casino in Corning


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