North Fork Rancheria slams rival tribes for casino opposition

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians is blaming "wealthy gaming tribes" for opposition to its off-reservation casino in California.

The Table Mountain Rancheria and an investor for the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians contributed more than $1.2 million to a campaign to put the North Fork Rancheria's Class III gaming compact to a statewide vote. The effort succeed and the referendum will appear on the November 2014 ballot.

“Like many Californians, we’re disappointed that a couple of wealthy gaming tribes backed by Wall Street hedge funds would fund a cynical effort to undo many years of rigorous work by our tribe and Madera County leaders and the good, deliberate judgment of the State of California, Governor Brown and the Legislature – all to gain a financial advantage by stopping competition,” North Fork Chairwoman Elaine Bethel-Fink told The Sierra Star.

A group called Stand Up for California spearheaded the referendum against the compact.

Get the Story:
Casino referendum to be put on November 2014 ballot (The Sierra Star 11/21)
Madera casino question gets on ballot (The Business Journal 11/21)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Press Release | Fact Sheet: North Fork Rancheria Decision | Section 20 Determination: North Fork Rancheria

Federal Register Notices:
Indian Gaming (October 22, 2013)
Land Acquisitions; North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (December 3, 2012)

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