Miwok Tribe property in Stockton
STOCKTON, CA - It's a sigh of relief for the California Valley Miwok Tribe, after no one put in a bid on tribal property at a foreclosure auction Tuesday.
"It does feel better today," tribal member Angelica Paulk said. "I'll feel relieved for good when all of this is over."
The Miwok group has just five members, and it's home in the community of Morada is worth more than $500,000. But the Miwok's said the group is broke and haven't made house payments for years.
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Tribal members claim they're broke because millions of dollars in revenue sharing from larger tribes has been frozen, while the courts try and settle a lengthy legal dispute over who actually runs the tribe.
"It's extremely stressful to live through," Paulk said. "Everyone's lives have stopped, nothing can go forward."
Paulk's relative Tiger made sure any potential buyers at the auction were aware of the tribe's issues. He handed out flyers with the titles 'warning' and 'buyer beware.'
"We're not going to be evicted. We'll defend the property against eviction," Paulk said. "We'll use everything in our means as a sovereign federal government in state and federal court until all remedies are exhausted."
The Miwok's are hoping their legal disputes are settled, before the house is put up for auction again.
Tiger Paulk said Monday he'd weld the gate and seal the doors, to prevent an eviction from ever happening.
By Tim Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org