Chukchansi Tribe aims to reopen shuttered casino next month

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California. Photo from Facebook

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians remains hopeful that it will reopen its casino next month.

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino shut down last October due to a leadership dispute on the reservation. Talks with the state and the National Indian Gaming Commission to resolve the matter continue.

“It will be September for sure," an optimistic Christian Goode, who serves as chief operating officer for the casino, told The Fresno Bee.

The closure of the facility put about 1,000 people out of work. About an equal number are expected to return once the casino reopens, the paper reported.

“A lot of the employees are the same ones coming back,” Chairman Reggie Lewis told the paper.

As part of its efforts, the tribe reached a deal with the labor union Unite Here, which represents about 700 casino employees, to address salary, benefits and other issues.

Get the Story:
Chukchansi reaches deal with union for resort workers (The Fresno Bee 8/16)

Related Stories
Chukchansi Tribe hosts job fair amid hopes of reopening casino (07/29)
Chukchansi Tribe can't remove rivals from office near casino (7/23)
Chukchansi Tribe planning to reopen casino by end of year (7/21)
Disputed leader of Chukchansi Tribe wants casino reopened (7/17)
Disputed leader of Chukchansi Tribe sentenced for clash at casino (07/03)
Chukchansi Tribe offered settlement to county to reopen casino (06/17)
Four defendants face court date in Chukchansi Tribe casino case (06/04)
Chukchansi Tribe remains in talks with NIGC for casino reopening (5/26)
More pleas in incident at Chukchansi Tribe's shuttered casino (05/18)
Disputed Chuckchansi Tribe leader still involved in casino case (5/15)
Disputed leader of Chukchansi Tribe pleads guilty in casino case (05/04)
Disputed leader of Chukchansi Tribe set for plea in casino dispute (5/1)

Join the Conversation