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 aided by 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 tribal faction that claims rightful ownership associated with Indian casino had evidently been ousted to a local business park in August carrying out a disputed election, but returned on Thursday, with guns 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 an area that is secure of building. Guards were reportedly assaulted and handcuffed, but no casino clients were hurt.

The goal, it seems, were casino documents and accounts which 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 necessary audits and reports, some which are eighteen months late, were maybe 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 arre Read more