Howard Dickstein, a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, is against at the center of controversy stemming from recent events involving San Diego-based Pala Band of Mission Indians.
Specifically, the recent arrest of Pala Vice Chairman Leroy Miranda — a proxy and yes man of the Dickstein machinery — prompted members to complain again about the lack of independent, quality leadership.
Miranda, no stranger to the penal system, was convicted in 2010 for soliciting sex while at a book store in Moreno Valley.
Tensions ran high also during the October nomination of Executive Committee candidates when members complain of the abuse, greed, divisive tactics, and financial atrocities Howard Dickstein has been inflicting on the tribe.
The Pala is governed by an Executive Committee composed of six members elected by the General Council. Elections are held every 2 years during the month of November.
One Dremel Mcpherson stated: Fire Howard Dickstein, and hire a law firm that is honest and for the people. Not a greedy…..
In recent years, in addition to Pala, also hard hit were the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation which operates the Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County and the United Auburn Indian Community which operates the Thunder Valley Casino in Placer County.