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 shut following an armed standoff and may have violated its compact aided by the state.

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

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

About 20 armed males joined 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 handcuffed and assaulted, but no casino clients had been harmed.

The mark, it seems, were casino papers and accounts that are overdue for submission to the National Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission had threatened to shut the casino down and issue it a $16 million fine if the audits that is necessary records, some that are 18 months late, had been perhaps not submitted. It appears to be, then, that the ousted faction violently stormed the casino to be able to do its accounts.

Standoff Filmed

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