November 20, 2014
ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) - A woman suspected of killing four people at the headquarters of an Indian tribe in far Northern California had been under federal investigation over at least $50,000 in missing funds.
A person familiar with the tribe's situation told The Associated Press on Friday that investigators were looking into whether Cherie Lash Rhoades had taken federal grants to the Cedarville Rancheria tribe.
Rhoades was recently ousted as the tribe's chairwoman.
Authorities say she killed her brother, nephew, niece and a worker during a meeting on Thursday to determine whether she should be evicted from tribal land.
Its website says the Cedarville Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe with just 35 members. The killings happened in the northeastern corner of California, near the Oregon and Nevada borders.
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