North Fork Rancheria casino land set for bankruptcy auction

The site where the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California wants to build a casino is up for auction as part of a bankruptcy case.

The tribe entered into a contract with Station Casinos for the casino. The company has been ordered to sell the site to pay off creditors.

The new owner may or may not want to pursue a casino. But tribal attorney John Maier told The Fresno Bee that the sale will have "minimal impact" on the $350 million project.

The site is in Madera, about 35 miles away from the reservation. The tribe is seeking a two-part determination under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which requires the state governor's approval, for the casino.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a draft environmental impact statement for the project. But there appears to have been little movement from the federal government in over a year.

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