Tribal Disenrollment and Political Violence: Kenneth Hansen PhD: Witness for the Defense of The Cedarville Rancheria Murderer
January 16, 2017
Cherie Lash-Rhodes, Disenrollment, and Political Violence
On February 20, 2014, Cherie Lash-Rhodes shot and killed four people, and attempted to kill two more by stabbing them with a kitchen knife when her gun jammed. The incident happened at a hearing held at the Cedarville Rancheria tribal government office, located some distance from the actual 32 acre Rancheria in Modoc County, near the California-Oregon border. The entire episode was captured on security cameras. The hearing—the first and only ever held by the tribe’s ad hoc tribal court—was called to evict Ms. Rhodes and her son from tribal housing. It was also reported in the news media that they were denied annual payments in the thousands, which came from a special dispensation fund financed by virtue of tribal gaming compacts in California.