Tribal Leader Row Not Part Of $250M Bond Suit, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (December 12, 2013, 7:31 PM EST) -- A New York state judge ruled Thursday that he won't wade into a bitter leadership fight in California between two factions of an Native American tribe, saying his only role is to protect the holders of $250 million in bonds backed by the tribe's casino.

Judge Melvin L. Schweitzer said he won't wade into the leadership dispute between two factions of the Chukchansi tribe because that would require him to interpret tribal law, keeping the dispute limited to whether the tribe's casino is meeting its requirements...
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