From Ron Napoles
Letter to the Editor:
Bishop, CA – In compliance with a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) issued by the Bishop Tribal Court on Nov. 22, 2016 against five members of the Warlie family we have removed our livestock fence and property from land assignment Block 3 Lots 6 and 7 on North Pa Ha Lane. The TPO also prohibits us from entering the Lots and subjects us to arrest by any local law enforcement and prosecution on federal charges.
Entering the land and compiling additional citations/ fines and being arrested would do nothing to advance our purpose. Our removal of property is a necessary step in the continuing our legal fight. Certainly we hoped the Council would respect our rights but that did not happen so now we are back in court on Dec. 20. We believe the Temporary Protection Order to be invalid and will seek a legal recourse. On advice of our lawyer we decided to avoid other legal charges diverting resources and taking focus off the real issues.
First, in 2013 Bishop Paiute Tribal members voted against expanding the Paiute Palace Casino. Therefore, the Tribal Council has no authority to commit any tribal resources to casino expansion. The Tribal Council must be accountable to the General Council (Tribal Members) and all expansion plans immediately stopped.
Second, in 2014 the Tribal Council cited us for trespass for being on our Family land and then took possession by force. In consecutive losses over a two-year period in the Tribal Court of Appeals, the Tribal Council failed to prove it had any right to the land and our trespass charges were reversed.
Upon Remand to the lower Bishop Tribal Court, the Council opted to Dismiss with Prejudice leaving our trespass reversed, and forfeiting its right to cite us again.
We have proven our right to the land in court. Now the Tribal Council is trying to re-litigate the case outside of court and through the media. Absent any legal standing the Tribal Council is attempting to claim sole authority over all legal decisions and reservation land in contradiction to our long-standing customs and law.
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