Closure of Chukchansi Tribe's casino could affect contributions

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

The closure of the casino owned by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California could impact programs beyond the reservation.

The tribe has shared revenues from the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino with the community. Fresno State University received $1 million for language revitalization and educators fear the money will dry up if a leadership dispute isn't resolved.

“If the casino was to stay closed for a long period of time, then next year’s portion of that gift wouldn’t arrive, and we wouldn’t stop the program, because that’s not where we’re at,” Charles Ettner, a professor and coordinator of American Indian studies, told The Collegian.

Ken Hanson, another professor, believes scholarship funds could be affected as well.

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