A woman and one of the leaders of the Cedarville Rancheria in Surprise Valley has been arrested for allegedly killing four people and leaving two wounded during a meeting to evict her from her home. People who knew the woman said she worked in the tribe’s gas station and convenience store and wore brightly colored tank tops.
Cherie Lash Rhoades wasn’t very well liked by those in the small town. One resident, Sandra Parriott said, “She bullied her way through life, but I would never think she would start blowing people away in a meeting.”
Rhoades was arrested by police in Alturas after she attacked six people who attended the meeting with a gun and a knife. The meeting was being held in order to decide whether or not to evict Rhoades from her house on the Rancheria.
Jacob Penn, Rhoades’ nephew revealed that one of the most serious punishments for American Indians is to be evicted from tribal housing. Penn told police that his aunt snapped over the fact that her brother was trying to evict her.
Her brother, Rurik Davis had recently taken over as tribal chairman and was one of the four people killed. Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes stated that they were investigating to try and determine if embezzlement allegations against Rhoades was a part of the decision to evict her.
Jacob Penn said that Rhoades raised him after his mother gave him up. Two of the dead were his brother and sister.
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs sent a team to Alturas to provide grief counseling for anyone who wanted it.
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