Police chief from Chukchansi Tribe bails out in casino dispute

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

Two disputed leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians remain jailed in connection with a dispute that led to the closure of the tribe's casino but the man they hired as their police chief has bailed out.

John Oliveira's bail was set at $1.25 million, the third-highest of the 15 men who have been arrested for the October 9 incident at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino. He appeared in court on Wednesday and was released on bail the same day, The Fresno Bee reported.

Meanwhile, Tex McDonald, the chairman of the faction that hired Oliveira, remains in jail. His bail has been set at $2.4 million, the highest of the group.

Vernon King, the treasurer of the same faction, also remains in jail. His bail is $1.75 million.

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