The tribe agreed to a fine of $19.845 million for violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act but only $500,000 will be paid as long as the settlement conditions are met.
The project includes a new hotel wing with 568 rooms, a 67,000 square-foot events center, a 23,000-square-foot building with a spa, salon and fitness center, two new restaurants and a four-acre pool complex.
Steve Stallings, from the Rincon Band, is serving as the new chairman of the organization and Damon Sandoval, from the Morongo Band, is the new vice chairman.
The hotel could feature up to 350 rooms and 510,000 square-feet of space and the Spa Resort Casino could grow by 68,000 square-feet.
The tribe is spending $170 million to add a 215-room hotel, more gaming space, a pool and a parking garage to the Chumash Casino Resort.
The tribe also presented the Salvation Army with a $35,000 check in a ceremony at the Viejas Casino and Resort in southern California.
The Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista denied any wrongdoing as federal authorities alleged $10 million was laundered in a massive scheme.
Vernon King, who was the treasurer of one faction of the tribe, was facing a charge of trespassing but his record will be wiped clean if he does not commit any criminal offenses in the next six months.
The tribe won a $32.6 million judgement against the state of California after being forced to sign a new compact with higher revenue sharing rates.
A victim's identity and bank information was allegedly stolen to make cash withdrawals at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino,
The four-story structure would be located on the north side of the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, California.
The tribe reached a deal with the city of Temecula, California, to pay for infrastructure improvements and a police officer position.
The tribe is adding 100 full-service RV sites at the Pala Casino Spa & Resort.
The Hollywood Casino Jamul will be the closest tribal gaming facility to San Diego, California.
The Mountain Sky Travel Center boasts a gas station, a convenience store with food service and a smoke shop.
The deal restores $1 million in annual payments that were promised to Madera County for providing services to the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.
The tribe hasn't announced a construction date for the 105,000 square-foot Class II facility.
Agua Caliente Casino Resorts will be known as the presenting sponsor for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Patrons were evacuated from the Black Oak Casino Resort for about two hours while authorities investigated.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) failed to engage in 'good faith' negotiations for a controversial off-reservation site.
The Intertribal Court of Southern California Court of Appeals sided with a tribal member who opposes the $30 million project.
The tribe held an election on October 3 in hopes of resolving a leadership dispute but some members haven't accepted the results.
The $825 million Graton Resort and Casino, which will be seeing a $175 million hotel, is the closest Class III facility to San Francisco.
The River Rock Casino has suffered since the opening of another tribal facility so changes in the liquor license could help address the situation.
The tower at the Viejas Casino features 109 rooms, a fitness center, a business center, a bar and lounge and conference and meeting space for up to 1,200 people.
The California Democrat has been seen as hindering efforts to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.
The Chumash Casino Resort will be serving liquor on the gaming floor so younger patrons are no longer allowed.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs released a scoping report in February 2014 but has yet to issue a draft environmental impact statement.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is considering an appeal in the long-running dispute.
Rival factions on the California reservation continue to dispute the results, with some not recognizing the new leaders at all.
The Colusa Casino faces competition from a new development less than 40 miles away.
The tribe was paying a higher revenue sharing rate despite not being able to add more gaming machines to its casino.
Plans called for a permanent Class II gaming facility but there is still no timeline for development.
Officials and residents have raised concerns about the tribe's plans to establish a homeland in Sonoma County, California.
About 38 tribal members and employees -- including the executive chef at the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel -- lost their homes to the Valley Fire.
The tribe added another 16,500 square-feet of gaming space to the Viejas Casino and will debut a new hotel later this month.
The top five states in the $28 billion industry were California, Oklahoma, Florida, Washington and Arizona.
A group that claims to represent the only true members of the tribe is questioning the activities of another faction.
The tribe contended that it lost out on $315 million in profits because the state refused to allow 2,000 slot machines at the Valley View Casino.
The 25,000 square-foot facility will feature 320 gaming machines and six table games. Plans also call for a 48-room hotel.
The election was aimed at resolving a leadership dispute that led to the closure of the Chukchansi Resort and Casino in northern California.
The election is already being treated as illegitimate by some on the reservation.
The landless tribe has faced controversy over its proposed casino in Amador County, California.
Opponents raised the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar in hopes of stopping the tribe from building a casino in Amador County, California.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors last week signed a new deal with the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, that extends the tribe’s moratorium on building a casino near Petaluma until at least 2025.
A federal judge rejected a slew of claims made by two rival tribes with existing casinos in northern California.
The move comes after the tribe lost all three of its gaming regulators, along with the executive director of the gaming commission.
Tribes across the state raised alarms when an appeals court opened gaming commissioners for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians to a lawsuit.
The pledge is included in a new agreement that enables the tribe to reduce its revenue sharing payments to Sonoma County by a significant amount.
All three gaming commissioners, plus the executive director, resigned as part of a dispute with the tribal council.
Two of the tribe's gaming commissioners have resigned, along with the executive director of the regulatory body on the reservation.
Two tribes with existing casinos say they haven't been provided with enough information about the new development.
The National Indian Gaming Commission wants to see more stability before giving its blessing to the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in California.
New plans by Enterprise Rancheria for a gambling operation that's been in a tug of war for more than a decade have people conjecturing.
The tribe plans to build a 105,750 square-foot Class II gaming facility on 40 acres in Yuba County, California.
The new deal ensures stability as the tribe continues work on a $160 million expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort.
The agreement allows slot machines at a second location but the tribe isn't pursuing that option at this point.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward on the land-into-trust application but a decision is years away.
The tribe has secured financing for a permanent 105,750 square-foot Class II casino on 40 acres of trust land in Yuba County, California.
Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger convinced some tribes to sign gaming compacts with a questionable revenue sharing provision.
The Sycuan Resort, a golf facility with a hotel, will be able to offer up to 500 slot machines.
The new chief operating officer at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino has been pushing for an opening this month.
The deal comes as lawmakers ratified new agreements with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the United Auburn Indian Community.
The new Class III gaming agreement will be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.
The tribe is adding a 200-room hotel, a spa, a pool and meeting and convention space to the Graton Resort and Casino.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local authorities are investigating the incident.
The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino has hired 150 people in order to be ready to reopen the doors.
Adam Torres previously served as a U.S. Marshall and worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Internal Revenue Service.
The deal comes as the tribe continues work on a $160 million expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort.
The 200,000 square-foot Hollywood Casino Jamul on the southern California reservation is set to open in mid-2016.
The deal changes the method in which the tribe shares casino revenues with the state.
The tribe is suing the city of Richmond and the federal government over a failed casino project at Point Molate.
The Los Coyotes Band is already in the process and the Chemehuevi Tribe hopes to join the race soon.
The tribe will pay about $18 million a year into the Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Trust Fund and another $15 million a year into California's general fund.
A leadership dispute on the reservation led to the closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, California, in October 2014.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing an environmental impact statement for a 250,000 square-foot casino in Kern County, California.
Sue Masten lost $5,500 and the tribe lost $250,000 to a man who promised $8 million to open the Redwood Hotel and Casino.
The Chemehuevi Tribe will be resubmitting a land-into-trust application for an off-reservation casino in Barstow, California.
The new platforms offer the same slot machines visitors can find at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
A long-running yet slow-moving lawsuit is set for trial in October in connection with an expansion of the Colusa Casino Resort.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs still hasn't made a decision on a project that has been in the works for more than a decade.
The tribe erected the electronic sign on a right-of-way without obtaining a permit.
A Georgia man promised $8 million to finance the Redwood Hotel Casino but the tribe never saw any money from the failed deal.
Once financing is approved, the casino will be up within 18 months, Chairman Charles Wood said.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs apparently asked for more information even though an environmental review was completed more than a year ago.
The casino mogul once accused the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut of not being Indians.
More than 1,000 people lost their jobs when a leadership dispute spilled over to the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.
Specifics are still being discussed but Chairman Greg Sarris promised 'the nicest thing Northern California has seen.'
Tribes in California and Oklahoma generated the largest gains as the industry enjoys a fifth consecutive year of growth.
One group claimed the presence of rivals in a building across from the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino threatened the facility's reopening.
Chairman Reggie Lewis said creditors have pledged up to $35 million to reopen the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.
Nicholas Cain Anderson, 24, tried to enter the Lucky Bear Casino through the ventilation system after allegedly breaking into a bank down the road.
Tex McDonald met with rivals on the reservation but has not returned to the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, which closed last October.
The United Auburn Indian Community and the Colusa Indian Community won't fight the smaller casino that's near their Class III facilities.
The 23,000 square-foot Bear River Recreation Center will host entertainment and concert events for the Bear River Casino Hotel.
We have to admit we're a little stymied and bemused by plans publicized recently for a mini-casino in Yuba County.
The tribe plans to open a 10,000 square-foot Class II facility and local officials are wondering if they will see any revenues from it.
The 23,000 square-foot Bear River Recreation Center will function as a gym and activity center during the day and an entertainment venue at night.
The state of California can now ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that's being closely watched across Indian Country.
The tribe plans to build a 10,000 square-foot gaming facility on land that was placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The tribe is spending $160 million to add a 12-story hotel tower with 215 rooms and other amenities to the Chumash Casino Resort.
Tribal members voted down plans to expand the Paiute Palace Casino two years ago but the project appears to be moving forward.
Tex McDonald is being released after serving 242 days in jail for his role in an incident that led to the closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.
The tribe is planning to move the casino to a new site now that its land-into-trust application has been finalized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Pechanga Resort and Casino claimed the top spot from two tribal facilities in Connecticut.
The tribe defaulted on $140 million in gaming debt after another casino opened in the area.
A former employee won the right to sue the tribe's gaming regulators but the decision is being questioned.
The tribe is going with Class II due to reluctance from the state to enter into a Class III compact.
The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino has been closed for eight months but a tribal leader believes an agreement is near.
The tribe proved that the state was not negotiating in good faith for a casino on an 11-acre site on the reservation.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected every one of the state's arguments in the closely-watched case.
Big Lagoon is significant because of the court’s recognition that, as a matter of law, Carcieri did not operate to retroactively divest existing trust lands of their legal status.
The new agreement reduces the number of slot machines from 2,000 to 1,800.
The ruling restores certainty to the federal government’s recognition of 'Indian lands' and states’ obligations to negotiate gaming compacts in good faith with tribes.
By a unanimous vote, an en banc panel of the court rejected all of the challenges raised by the state of California.
Vernon King, who was the treasurer of one faction of the tribe, remains free pending resolution of his role in an incident that led to the closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.
The tribe spent nearly eight years trying to get the 410-acre site placed in trust.
Chairwoman Kathryn Morgan warned that the process will take at least two years, if not longer, to complete.
It only took nearly eight years, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally approved a land-into-trust application for the southern California tribe.
Benedict Cosentino is suing the tribe's gaming regulators and has won a key decision in California state court.
The sister of Chairman Raymond Hunter is challenging the tribe's legitimacy, 34 years after being organized under federal law.
Benedict Cosentino lost his job at the casino after providing information about alleged illegal activity to the state of California.
Internet poker was on the agenda at the California Gaming 2015 conference, hosted by Capitol Weekly.
A group called the Stop the Casino 101 sued Gov. Jerry Brown (D), but not the tribe, for signing a Class III gaming compact.
The tribe opened a Mexican eatery, a wine bar and restaurant and a permanent outdoor stage at the Pala Casino Resort and Spa.
More than 1,000 people were put out of work when the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino was forced to close in October 2010.
Cecil Knutson, 79, and Dianna Bedwell, 68, apparently got lost after they left the Valley View Casino on Mother's Day.
The tribe expects to open the $360 million Hollywood Casino Jamul sometime this year.
Vernon King, the treasurer of one of the factions on the reservation, has not accepted a deal and it looks like he is headed to trial.
The debate in Sacramento over the legalization of online gaming, specifically Internet poker, appears to be moving forward.
Vernon King, the treasurer of one of the factions on the reservation, is due to return to court on May 29 as the tribe's casino closure enters another month.
The Chumash Casino Resort prevented more than 13 tons of food waste from entering landfills.
State lawmakers are debating again whether to allow licensed gambling operations in California to launch online poker sites.
Chairman Charles Wood said a second gaming facility could provide jobs and bring members back to the reservation.
Tex McDonald has been in jail since November 2014 after he was arrested in connection with an incident that led to the casino's closure.
A construction worker fell at the site of the $160 million expansion of the facility.
The tribe has anywhere from three to seven members -- two are siblings who are locked in a bitter rivalry.
A coalition of seven politically influential American Indian tribes working on internet poker legislation in California will not cede its opposition to bill language that would extend website licenses to the racing industry.
The tribe debuted a $160 million casino expansion a year ago that has generated additional traffic.
The 14 defendants who have been charged for a confrontation at the casino are each seeking more than $1 million from Madera County.
Tribal casinos in the state took in $6.994 billion in 2013, according to a new report, and nearly 30 expansion projects are in development.
The 15 defendants include two leaders of a rival faction within the tribe and 13 non-Indians that were hired as police officers.
Chairman Reggie Lewis said the tribe doesn't need regulators right now because there's no activity to regulate at the shuttered Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.
Chairman Vincent Armenta said the tribe's reservation is indeed a reservation despite claims from an opposition group.
The tribe's casino has been closed for six months as 15 people who were involved in a confrontation there face charges in state court.
An opposition group claims the casino site was never placed in trust and is not part of the tribe's reservation.
A disenrollment dispute -- and its effect on per capita payments -- appear to be at the heart of an inter-tribal struggle that has kept the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino closed for six months.
Rival factions of the tribe were staking out the casino but the sheriff and his deputies kept the peace, according to the U.S. Attorney for Eastern California.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) takes a big step back after two off-reservation casinos he approved ran into major opposition.
The state won't negotiate another Class III gaming compact so the tribe is in federal court in hopes of compelling talks.
The tribal gaming industry grew just 0.5 percent in 2013, according to the new edition of Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report.
Chairman Vincent Armenta wonders why the Danish ambassador to the U.S. didn't reach out to his people directly.
Wine industry groups and local officials are stoking fears of a casino that hasn't been announced or confirmed.
The tribe's plan for an off-reservation casino was shot down by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2002.
The tribe claims Gov. Jerry Brown (D) won't negotiate in good faith after voters rejected a compact last November.
The Danish ambassador to the United States had appeared to question the presence of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
The tribe is down to about 900 members and critics say one leader wants to cut the rolls even further.
The Danish ambassador to the United States set off a minor diplomatic crisis.
The Lake County Sheriff presented a certificate of appreciation to the tribe and the casino for their assistance.
Gary Edward Kovall, the tribe's former general counsel, received two years for illegally steering casino contracts.
The tribe paid up front to use the 2.5-acre site for 20 years.
A draft environmental impact statement could be issued sometime this summer.
The county won out in a dispute over the cost of law enforcement services.
More than 1,000 people were put out of work when the casino closed as a result of an internal leadership dispute.
Authorizing and regulating Internet poker in California is the only way to provide security and safety.
The project will be finished in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.
The final environmental impact statement was published in April 2014.
Internet poker was a big topic at the Western Indian Gaming Conference this week.
A federal judge said it was 'reasonable' to withhold checks from people whose enrollment status is being questioned.
This year's event is being hosted by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians.
Reggie Lewis and Nancy Ayala say they have been recognized as the rightful leaders.
The tribe's casino is the largest employer in Amador County.
The Table Mountain Rancheria, the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians oppose the new development.
The so-called unification council plans to submit an agreement to the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Rival factions continue to duke it out in federal court as their casino remains closed.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a mixed victory to the northern California tribe.
The tribe has offered to close its existing casino and move operations to a larger site.
The Elem Colony and the Koi Nation had submitted separate bids to open a casino on Mare Island in Vallejo.
California boasts having the nation’s largest gambling industry with American Indian casinos, card rooms, race tracks and the lottery generating net revenues of roughly $10.4 billion a year.
The Chukchansi Tribe went to court to try and stop the rival casino from moving forward.
The tribe could spend up to $200 million on its hotel in the Bay Area.
Writer claims tribal casinos in California are unfairly competing with non-Indian facilities in neighboring Nevada.
A court hearing is scheduled for February as the casino remains closed for another month.
The state is home to the largest number of tribal gaming facilities -- more than 100 and growing.
More than 1,000 people have been put out of work.
California newspaper doesn't think the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians should be able to open an off-reservation casino due to voter opposition.
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