Rivals raise $14M to stop North Fork off-reservation casino deal

Artist's rendering of the proposed North Fork Rancheria casino. Image from North Fork Casino Environmental Impact Statement

Rival tribes continue to outspend the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in hopes of blocking an off-reservation casino in California.

The Table Mountain Rancheria, the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and the United Auburn Indian Community are asking voters to say "no" to Proposition 48. The tribes and their backers have raised nearly $14 million, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“Hopefully, the more they spend, the more the voters will see through their motives,” North Fork Vice Chairwoman Maryann McGovran told the paper.

The North Fork Rancheria, on the other hand, has only raised about $400,000. The tribe wants voters to say "yes" to Proposition 48 keep its Class III gaming compact alive.

Class III gaming procedures from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Get the Story:
San Diego tribes keep close eye on Prop. 48 (The San Diego Union-Tribune 10/25)
California Indian casino fight has implications for Nevada (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 10/26)

An Opinion:
George Skelton: Sierra tribe would hit off-reservation jackpot with Prop. 48 (The Los Angeles Times 10/27)

California Court of Appeal Decision:
Picayune Rancheria v. Brown (September 24, 2014)

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

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