STOCKTON - An Indian tribe with just five members may soon lose its home in North Stockton.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe made its housing payments using gambling revenue from larger, wealthier tribes. That revenue stopped in 2005.
When the funding stopped, so did the tribe's house payments, which finally led to foreclosure. The tribe's home was threatened with auction on the courthouse steps.
"Right now we're fighting for an acre and a half. People say (I) live in a mansion. This is the tribe's house. I have a room," Tribal Chairperson Silvia Burley said.
The money had been provided to the Miwok Tribe from a fund created using millions of dollars in gambling revenue from wealthier tribes. Money from the fund was given to smaller tribes like the Stockton Miwok group.
But a lengthy legal dispute over who actually runs the tribe has put those funds on hold.
In the meantime, the Miwok home and property in the Morada community is on the auction block.
A tribal spokesperson, who's related to some of the five members, said if the house is sold at auction he intends to weld gates shut and seal doors to prevent the buyer from taking possession.