Chukchansi Tribe's casino still closed amid leadership dispute

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California. Photo © Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

The state of California and the federal government took action last week after a leadership dispute within Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians spilled over into the tribe's casino.

An armed confrontation between rival factions on Thursday night prompted the closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino. The state then went to court to seek an official closure, a request that was granted by a federal judge on Friday afternoon.

Separately, the National Indian Gaming Commission issued a notice of violation and a temporary closure order to the tribe. It was the fourth action taken against the tribe, whose leaders have been unable to resolve their dispute for nearly three years.

The tribe is losing $1 million a day due to the closure, KFSN reported.

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Chukchansi casino closure puts planned events, interrupted gamblers in limbo (The Fresno Bee 10/13)
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino losing about $1M a day during shutdown (KFSN 10/12)
Casino Shutdown Continues; Chukchansi Workers and Patrons Wait for Answers (KMPH 10/12)
Chukchansi Gold casino shut down temporarily by state, feds (The Fresno Bee 10/11)
Coarsegold community, visitors troubled by Chukchansi casino closure (The Fresno Bee 10/11)
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino shutdown affects hundreds of people (ABC News 10/11)
Tribal power struggle in Central Valley strands casino customers (The Los Angeles Times 10/11)
California casino is closed after armed standoff (AP 10/11)
Armed Takeover of Indian Casino Tied to Feud for Tribal Leadership (Courthouse News 10/10)
Chukchansi Gold Casino remains closed following armed confrontation (KSFN 10/10)
Fight For Control Of Chukchansi Tribe Escalates, Casino Shuttered (KVPR 10/10)

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