Chukchansi Gold Casino Closed After Tribal Power Struggle

Chukchansi Gold Casino Closed After Tribal Power Struggle

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California remains closed following an armed standoff and may have violated its compact with all the state.

The Chukchansi Gold Casino in Coarsegold, California, just 40 miles north of Fresno, has been closed by order of a federal judge following a strange management power struggle that culminated in an armed invasion of the building.

A faction that is tribal claims rightful ownership for the Indian casino had apparently been ousted to a local company park in August following a disputed election, but returned on Thursday, with firearms drawn.

About 20 armed men entered the casino at around 6:30 pm, sending customers running for cover, and ordered security guards at gunpoint into a protected section of the building. Guards were reportedly assaulted and handcuffed, but no casino customers had been hurt.

The target, it seems, were casino documents and accounts being overdue for submission to the nationwide Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission had threatened to close the casino down and issue it a $16 million fine if the necessary audits and records, some which are eighteen months late, were perhaps not submitted. It would appear, then, that the ousted faction violently stormed the casino in order to do its accounts.

Standoff Filmed

Madera County Sheriff deputies soon arrived at the scene and evacuated the building of some 500 people; however, the men could not be Continue reading “Chukchansi Gold Casino Closed After Tribal Power Struggle”