Reigning Miss Na’tini-xwe Kayla Brown, pictured far right, above, faces multiple charges of child molestation.
Hoopa Valley Tribe press release:
Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairwoman Danielle Vigil-Masten commented Monday on rumors surrounding the allegations against Kayla Brown.
“The allegations are very shocking and unfortunate,” Vigil-Masten said. “As a prior advocate for victims of domestic violence and assault, I have the utmost confidence in the judicial system.”
Steve Burbank, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Hoopa Valley Tribe also responded to rumors that tribal funds were used to pay bail for Brown.
“I reviewed the check register for all accounts payable checks written from March 1, 2015 through today. I did not notice any check written to a bail bond company,” Burbank said.
Vigil-Masten said, “For the record, the Hoopa Valley Tribe does not pay bail for any of our tribal members, nor do I personally.”
The Tribal Council discussed the issue while Vigil-Masten was out on travel status, but has taken no action on Brown’s Status as Miss Na’tini-xwe.
Generally, those accused of crimes have the right to due process and to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Vigil-Masten said, “My heart goes out to all parties involved and I will keep them in prayer.”