The California Valley Miwok Tribe – located at 10601 N. Escondido PL, Stockton, CA (As listed in the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA/DOI Spring 2011 Tribal Leaders Directory), a federally recognized tribe eligible to receive and distribute services from the federal government – on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, held depositions at the Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice, located at 1300 I Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814. The reason for these depositions is to pursue further discovery in Case Number 37-2008-00075326-CU-CO-CTL, of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.
This is the second such round of depositions that the Tribe has conducted, following previous directions given in court by Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Styn. Manuel Corrales, the attorney of record for the California Valley Miwok Tribe in this case, is an expert in extracting the truth and this day would be no exception. While deposing Yakima Kenneth Dixie, he was able to bring to light an untruth that has plagued the tribal leadership and its recognized membership unnecessarily for these past twelve years.
Others supposedly acting on his behalf in this case against the Tribe, have Mr. Dixie listed in various court filings and on a ficticious website as the “Hereditary Chief”, Tribal Chairman and authority of the Tribe, but when presented with documentation that showed his resignation as Tribal Chairman, subsequent acceptance of that resignation and appointment of a new chairman by the General Council, recognized by the federal government under G.C. 98-01, Mr. Dixie wholly concurred and stated that he indeed did sign both documents, identifying his signatures on both documents that were presented to him and went on to testify that he in fact did resign on April 20th, 1999, in his sworn and videotaped testimony. Those whom came to this tribal member came upon the scene long after this date and tried to hurt the Tribe through him, using coercion and trickery to prey upon the weak and elderly in pursuit of a casino at the expense of our tribal sovereignty, but once given the chance to speak on his own behalf in sworn deposition, Mr. Dixie stated what should have been long recognized facts to all and told the truth.
1. Document identified by former Chairman Yakima Kenneth Dixie as a letter of resignation, signed by him on April 20th, 1999.
2. Special meeting subsequently held by the General Council, recognized by the federal government under G.C. 98-01, accepting Mr. Dixie’s resignation and appointing Silvia Burley as Chairperson, which Mr. Dixie also acknowledged he had signed, identifying his signature.