Northern California tribe in tense dispute

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Updated: 6/10/2014 2:16 pm

CORNING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are back at a Northern California Native American casino that's at the center of a tense tribal dispute.

Tehama County Sheriff's deputies returned to the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning for a second day on Tuesday.

Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says tribal police officers representing one faction of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians want to shut the casino down. They say the casino was taken over by force by non-tribal members led by a former tribal chairman.

The officers have been kept back by casino security. There has been some pushing and shoving, but no arrests have been made.

The tensions began in April when the tribe's general council voted to remove more than 70 members from the tribe's rolls.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has called on both sides to pull back and resolve the matter.

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