'Sheriff Allman Made a Grave Mistake': Pinoleville Pomo Vow to Challenge Mendo's Weed Raid on Tribal Territory
On Tuesday, September 22, the Pinoleville Pomo Nation was presented with a search warrant by Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman.
The warrant contained four allegations that the Sheriff claimed gave him the right to exercise his authority on sovereign lands. Once allowed onto tribal lands, deputies seized and destroyed property that belonged to the tribe’s cannabis collective.
“We believe the Sheriff has overstepped his authority, violated tribal sovereignty, and acted outside of his legal jurisdiction,” says Angela James, Tribal Vice-Chair for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. “Our cannabis collective is a lawfully organized, non-profit organization which is subject to tribal law.”