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Picayune Rancheria

8/25/2014

article New takeover attempt being waged at Chukchansi tribal office
(California) -- Another takeover attempt of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians business complex is under way. It reportedly started before 10 a.m. Monday when...
press release Chukchansi Tribe Reaches Monumental Agreement to Install a Unification Council to Restore Stability and Law & Order
(California) -- Under the leadership of the groups that have been in dispute, the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians announced today an agreement establishing...

8/10/2014

article Chukchansi council members end lockout peacefully
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indian tribal council was back to business as usual Saturday after faction members peacefully left the tribal...

8/8/2014

article Chukchansi on-site council involved in another dispute
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians were involved in a inner-tribal dispute Thursday night which continued into Friday evening. Around 10 p.m....
article Chukchansi tribal council has another shakeup
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians had another takeover late Thursday night, officials from the tribe's opposing factions confirm. The...

6/18/2014

article Chukchansi wine will toast casino's 11th anniversary
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians will celebrate the 11th anniversary of Coarsegold’s Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in style...

6/17/2014

article NY Court Keeps Tribe Leadership Row Out Of $250M Bond Suit
(New York) -- A New York appeals court on Tuesday refused to resolve a bitter leadership fight in California between factions of an American Indian tribe, saying a lower...

5/5/2014

article New top leaders named for Chukchansi Tribe Council
(California) -- Charles "Tex" McDonald has been appointed chairman of the tribal council of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in Coarsegold, the...

4/19/2014

article Chukchansi tribe hands out checks to community groups
(California) -- About 30 nonprofit groups are getting checks nearly $1 million from the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians under the tribe's agreement with...

4/18/2014

article Chukchansi tribal leadership uncertain again after judge's ruling
(California) -- A federal administrative law judge will not back a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision in February to hand control of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi...

4/17/2014

article Board delays Chukchansi leadership decision
(California) -- Leadership of the Chukchansi Indian tribe has been in dispute since December 2011.Leadership of the Chukchansi Indian tribe has been in dispute since...

4/9/2014

article Chukchansi awards county grants
(California) -- Although it's been about five months since the tribal representatives announced the recipients of the tribe's annual $1 million community grants...

3/24/2014

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Statement: Acting Chair McDonald, Tribal Council Make $12.6 Million Bond Interest Payment Early
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribal Council and the Chukchansi Economic Development Authority (CEDA), headed by Acting Chairman Tex McDonald, today paid its casino...

3/11/2014

article Restraining order request dismissed in Chukchansi money dispute
(California) -- A U.S. District Court judge in Fresno dismissed a restraining order request in the continuing battle for control of the Chukchansi tribe after one group...
press release Federal Judge Defers to Interior Board of Indian Appeals to Settle Chukchansi Leadership Dispute
(California) -- A federal judge has deferred to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) to settle the Chukchansi Tribe's leadership dispute.

3/10/2014

press release Federal Judge tosses Lewis faction lawsuit, reaffirms On-Rancheria Council's status as tribe's government
(California) -- A California federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking control of the Chukchansi Gold casino and its revenues, ruling that the rogue tribal faction...

3/2/2014

article Judge says he can't rule in Chukchansi missing money case
(California) -- Two bags stuffed with hundreds of thousands of dollars from Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino that were not deposited in a tribal bank account -- and...

2/27/2014

article Chukchansi tribal group says casino money never disappeared
(California) -- The "on rancheria" tribal council of the Chukchansi Indians says that over $300,000 in casino money that a competing faction contended was not...

2/25/2014

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Official Statement On Rogue Faction's Frivolous Lawsuit
(California) -- Once again, the rogue faction led by Reggie Lewis and Chance Alberta is trying to pass off pages of lies as the truth. This latest lawsuit dreamed up by...

2/24/2014

article Virtual Civil War Rages in Casino Tribe
(California) -- Managers at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold diverted more than $316,000 in revenue to an illegal faction after a leadership dispute...

2/23/2014

article Chukchansi feud holds up $1 million in funds
(California) -- A dispute about tribal leadership is holding up about $1 million in donations to Madera County schools, animal welfare agencies, tribal organizations and...

2/21/2014

article Chukchansi dispute halts $1 million in donations
(California) -- Madera County officials and 30 local agencies that include many nonprofit groups have been pulled into the battle between Chukchansi Indian factions over...
article Chukchansi lawsuit requests casino money
(California) -- The managers of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold are the subjects of a lawsuit filed today claiming more than $316,000 in revenues...
press release Federal Court Agrees with Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and Allows Madera County Sheriff to Enforce BIA Decision on Tribal Land if Necessary
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and Madera County Sheriff reached a stipulated agreement in federal court this week that allows the...

2/20/2014

article McDONALD: Clearing the Air
(California) -- Lies left unchallenged have an unfortunate, damaging way of becoming the truth. That's why I — and the current, duly elected tribal council of...
article Tribal Council Files Federal Lawsuit Against Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Interim Managers to Force Compliance with Federal Law
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians filed a lawsuit against casino management in federal court on February 19 seeking to enforce compliance...

2/15/2014

article BIA issues decision in Chukchansi Tribe leadership dispute
(California) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued a decision regarding the leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California.

2/13/2014

press release Bureau of Indian Affairs Recognizes Reggie Lewis as Chairman of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians
(California) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs ("BIA") issued its determination yesterday recognizing Reggie Lewis as Chairman of the Picayune Rancheria of the...
article Feds name new tribal council to lead Chukchansi
(California) -- The federal government, seeking to resolve a leadership quagmire with the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, has reset the tribal council to the...

2/12/2014

article BIA makes decision on Chukchansi tribal dispute
(California) -- The BIA has weighed in on the Chukchansi leadership dispute.The BIA has weighed in on the Chukchansi leadership dispute.The Bureau of Indian Affairs is...

1/25/2014

article Man gets 96 years to life for fatal DUI crash that killed Chukchansi workers
(California) -- A Ventura County man who was found guilty of a DUI crash in August 2009 that killed three casino workers was sentenced Friday to 96 years to life by a...
article Parolee gets 96 years to life for deadly DUI crash
(California) -- A Madera County judge has sentenced a parolee to 96 years to life in prison for a DUI crash that killed three casino workers in August 2009.

1/11/2014

article HUD withholds $3 million from tribe
(California) -- The federal Housing and Urban Development Department will continue to withhold money from the Chukchansi Indian Housing Authority after a federal judge...

12/13/2013

press release New York Court Takes Hands-Off Approach in Chukchansi Leadership Dispute Setting Stage for Federal Officials to Intervene
(California) -- Despite overwhelming support by Chukchansi Tribal members for Tribal Chairman Reggie Lewis, a New York Court continues to take a hands-off approach to...

12/12/2013

article Ayala Quorum Council: N.Y. Supreme Court Victory over Lewis Faction Reaffirms Quorum’s Control of Chukchansi Casino, Tribal Affairs
(California) -- A New York State Supreme Court Justice this morning threw out a host of claims filed against Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Tribal Council...

12/7/2013

article Divided Chukchansi tribe holds two elections
(California) -- The latest in a Chukchansi leadership standoff resulted in two elections on Saturday, with both groups claiming to be the rightful tribal council of the...

12/6/2013

article Struggles of Chukchansi tribe, Fresno Grizzlies owner haunt $1 million check ceremony
(California) -- Reassurance was the name of the game as top officials of the Fresno Grizzlies and the Chukchansi tribe met on Friday to exchange a hefty check.

11/19/2013

press release Over 500 Chukchansi Tribal Members Gather to Petition Tribal Council for Special Election to Amend Tribe's Constitution
(California) -- On Saturday, November 16 nearly 500 Chukchansi Tribal members gathered at the Tribe's annual Thanksgiving celebration to petition the Tribal Council...

11/16/2013

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Statement: Chairwoman Ayala, Tribal Council Make $1.5 Million Bond Interest Payment
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribal Council and the Chukchansi Economic Development Authority (CEDA), headed by Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, today paid their casino...

11/2/2013

article Opinion: Struggle for control
(California) -- Over the past year, it's likely you've read about the internal struggle for control of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians...

10/31/2013

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Statement: Chairwoman Ayala, Tribal Council Make $2 Million Bond Interest Payment
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribal Council, headed by Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, today paid its casino bondholders a $2 million interest payment, said Ayala - just one...

10/24/2013

article Madera County sheriff sues Chukchansi tribal faction
(California) -- Madera County Sheriff John Anderson filed suit last week against one faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians after it obtained a...

10/21/2013

press release Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians: New York Court Cuts Funding and Orders Financial State
(California) -- Following months of mismanagement and suspected fraudulent activity that resulted in the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians not being able to...
article Tribal Dispute Boils Over in California
(California) -- A rural Central California county with a lucrative Indian casino is beset by a skirmish between three tribal factions, one of which set up a "...

10/18/2013

article Chukchansi miss half of payment for casino
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians was unable to make a full payment last month to the bank that restructured financing for the tribe's...
press release Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians: New York Court Cuts Funding and Orders Financial Statements
(California) -- Following months of mismanagement and suspected fraudulent activity that resulted in the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians not being able to...

9/24/2013

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Pre-Pays Half Casino Bond Payment
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribal Council, headed by Tribal Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, today announced a pre-payment of $5.9 million to its casino bondholders, an...

9/16/2013

article Rift mended at Chukchansi tribal meeting, but who runs tribe unclear
(California) -- A rift between two factions of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians appears on the mend after a weekend gathering in Fresno. But the meeting did...

9/15/2013

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Alerts Members: Faction’s Illegal General Council Meeting Violates Tribe’s Constitution
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribal Council, headed by Tribal Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, this morning alerted Tribe members to an illegally called meeting of the Tribe...
press release Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Overwhelmingly Affirms Reggie Lewis as Chairman at General Council Meeting
(California) -- A quorum of all voting members of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians came together Saturday to affirm Reggie Lewis as Chairman of the Tribe...

9/2/2013

article Federal funds held due to Chukchansi tribe battle
(California) -- Two federal agencies are not releasing funds for the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians because three groups have claimed tribal leadership, and it...

8/29/2013

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Hails Court Victory
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribal Council, headed by Tribal Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, this morning hailed a key court ruling by New York State Supreme Court Justice...

8/7/2013

article Chukchansi makes $2.6 million bond payment
(California) -- Two July 25 wire transfers totaling $2.6 million have brought the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians current on repaying its casino bonds, and each...

7/29/2013

press release Picayune Rancheria Chairman Reggie Lewis Calls Attention to Nancy Ayala's Unauthorized Seizure of $1.8 Million in Casino Revenue
(California) -- A New York judge today rejected Nancy Ayala's argument that she is entitled to continue taking casino revenue to support her faction's activities...

7/25/2013

article Chukchansi tribe back on track with casino bond payment
(California) -- After months of legal haggling, a payment Thursday brought the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians up to date on repaying its casino bonds.
press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Statement: Chairwoman Ayala, Council Issue $2.6 Million Bond Payment; Tribe Now Current on Casino Bond
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribal Council, headed by Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, today issued two wire transfers totaling more than $2.6 million, bringing the tribe...

7/21/2013

article Chukchansi tribe launches line of coffee in bid to diversify businesses
(California) -- From casinos to coffee, economic development by the Chukchansi tribe is taking on a more flavorful flair. The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi...

7/18/2013

article Chukchansi casino bondholders to get paid
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino's bondholders can breathe a sigh of relief now that a New York court has mandated that they will get their late $...

7/10/2013

article Madera County officials want feds to sort out strife among Chukchansi tribe
(California) -- Madera County supervisors want the federal government to intervene in the ongoing strife between factions of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.

7/3/2013

article Judge issues orders to get Chukchansi bonds paid
(California) -- A New York judge has intervened in a fight between two factions of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians by ordering that the tribe's casino...
article NY Judge Shields $250M In Casino Bonds From Tribal Schism
(California) -- Bondholders led by trustee Wells Fargo Bank NA won prohibitions from a New York state judge Tuesday that prevent two warring factions of an American...

7/2/2013

press release New York Court Orders Nancy Ayala to Immediately Cease Violating Indenture
(California) -- A New York Court today ordered former Tribal Council member Nancy Ayala to immediately cease violating the Chukchansi Tribe's Indenture Agreement and...

6/29/2013

article Chukchansi casino at risk of default because of tribal dispute
(California) -- The ongoing leadership dispute at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians has put the tribe at risk of defaulting on its bonds for Chukchansi Gold...

6/27/2013

press release Chukchansi Corruption Probe Alleges Millions Missing, Federal Gun Law Violations, Massive Financial Losses
(California) -- An exhaustive 100-day preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption and fraud against a pair of former Chukchansi Tribal Council members has...

6/24/2013

article Calif. judge orders Indian casino's till tapped
(California) -- A judge has taken the unusual step of ordering a sheriff to take money from a Central California Native American casino's till to pay a $725,000...

6/23/2013

article Chukchansi 'till tap' ordered by judge to remove money for casino manager settlement
(California) -- A Madera County judge has ordered Sheriff John Anderson to go to Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and remove money from the casino till to recover...

6/19/2013

article Bank: Tribal dispute puts Chukchansi casino at risk of default
(California) -- The ongoing leadership dispute at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians has put the tribe at risk of defaulting on its bonds for Chukchansi Gold...

6/17/2013

article Federal officials want dismissal of Chukchansi faction’s lawsuit
(California) -- A federal gaming agency is urging a Washington, D.C., judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Chukchansi faction no longer considered in power by the...

6/15/2013

article Chukchansi tribe leaders' styles fuel dispute
(California) -- The three leaders vying for control of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians — and its $9 million-a-month haul from its Madera County casino...

6/14/2013

press release Statement From Chukchansi Tribal Council Chairwoman Nancy Ayala and the Chukchansi Tribal Council Quorum on the Mono North Fork Casino
(California) -- The following is a statement from Chukchansi Tribal Council Chairwoman Nancy Ayala and the Chukchansi Tribal Council Quorum on the Mono North Fork Casino.

6/11/2013

article Judge rules in favor of Lewis’ Chukchansi tribal council
(California) -- A Fresno judge ruled Tuesday that a Chukchansi leadership group led by Reggie Lewis has legal standing to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the...

6/10/2013

article BIA says Ayala won Chukchansi tribal chair
(California) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally stepped into the feud over control of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians — and its...

5/22/2013

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council Issues Open Letter to Tribal Members: Talks to End “Sabotage Campaign” Stall
(California) -- A four-member quorum of the Chukchansi Tribal Council, headed by Tribal Council Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, has mailed an open letter to the central...

5/15/2013

article AYALA: Wasted funds and efforts
(California) -- As the tribal chairwoman of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, I feel the need to set the record straight about the turmoil within our...
article COMMENTARY: Chukchansi Tribal / Members For A Real Solution
(California) -- It is a crucial time for our tribe. As the various factions fight for power, we have become divided more than ever. We are in jeopardy of losing our...
article LEWIS: Petition shows will of the tribe
(California) -- Over 53% percent of the Chukchansi tribal members have signed a petition recognizing the legitimacy of the tribal council that includes: Reggie Lewis (...

5/9/2013

article Rating Action: Moody's lowers Chukchansi's probability of default rating to D-PD
(California) -- Moody's Investors Service lowered Chukchansi Economic Development Authority's ("Chukchansi" or "the Authority") Probability...

5/7/2013

press release Chukchansi Tribal Council: Payments to Voters Render Lewis-Alberta Referenda Invalid, “Fraudulent”
(California) -- A four-member quorum of the Chukchansi Tribal Council, headed by Tribal Chairwoman Nancy Ayala, continues to fight to protect the tribe’s...

5/3/2013

press release Over 50 Percent of Chukchansi Tribal Members Sign Referendum to Determine Tribe’s Governing Body
(California) -- Just one week after a referendum overwhelmingly affirmed Reggie Lewis as Chairman of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, Tribal members...

4/27/2013

article Tribal faction attempts to reshuffle Chukchansi council
(California) -- The struggle by feuding factions for control of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians -- and its Highway 41 casino assets -- took a new twist last...

4/24/2013

article Chuckchansi governance dispute still rages
(California) -- The ongoing dispute over who is in charge of the Picayune Tribe of the Chukchansi Indians – the resolution of which could affect one of the larger...
article Tribe still struggling
(California) -- In face of a looming default on a $12 million payment due to bondholders of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, several new developments have occurred...

4/22/2013

article Chukchansi’s governance goes to a vote
(California) -- Officials of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians say that their members have affirmed members to a tribal council and suspended three people...
press release Statement from Chukchansi Economic Development Authority Regarding Recent Legal Developments
(California) -- On Thursday, April 11, 2013, counsel for the trustee (the “Trustee”) under the Indenture (the “Indenture”) governing the 9...

4/17/2013

article Chukchansi financial crisis averted with partial payment
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino has averted a financial crisis by making at least part of an overdue payment to bondholders, according to members of...

4/5/2013

article Our View: Greed could bring demise of Chukchansi
(California) -- According to Buddha, "There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed....

4/3/2013

article Casino-fueled greed could bring demise of Chukchansi
(California) -- According to Buddha, "There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed....
article Tribe has 30-day grace period to pay casino bonds
(California) -- A leadership division at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians has spilled into its casino -- resulting in a missed $12 million payment to the...

4/2/2013

article Chukchansi faction sues feds over casino rule
(California) -- The battle for leadership of the Chukchansi tribe has taken one of the factions to federal court. But it's not a faction that is embroiled in the...

4/1/2013

article Default looms for Chukchansi casino with political fight
(California) -- The Chukchansi tribe is in danger of defaulting on its bonds for Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino because of ongoing political bickering between two...
press release Recent Developments Regarding Chukchansi Economic Development Authority
(California) -- Chukchansi Economic Development Authority ("CEDA"), a wholly owned enterprise of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and issuer of...

3/30/2013

press release Recent Developments Regarding Chukchansi Economic Development Authority
(California) -- Chukchansi Economic Development Authority ("CEDA"), a wholly owned enterprise of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and issuer of...

3/20/2013

article Leadership standoff continues; control of casino management and government is split
(California) -- Two Chukchansi leaders, each claiming to be the rightful chairperson of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, remain at odds this week, with each...

3/13/2013

article Chukchansi leadership dispute continues
(California) -- A Chukchansi leadership standoff that began Feb. 21 continues at the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, with one council led by Reggie Lewis...
article Chukchansi tribal officials speak out
(California) -- Just a month ago, political tensions in the Chukchansi Tribe appeared to be once again on the verge of turning violent and while the threat of violence...

3/8/2013

article Concerns about March 9 Chukchansi meeting
(California) -- Concerns have been raised by many Chukchansi people regarding a planned General Council meeting Saturday — principally, who will be counted to meet...

3/6/2013

article Confusion continues at Chukchansi
(California) -- Two groups of leaders, each claiming to be the rightful tribal council of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, remain at a standoff this week.
article Fresno State panel delves into Chukchansi issues
(California) -- About 150 people packed a small auditorium at Fresno State Feb. 28 for a public discussion panel titled "The Chukchansi Legitimacy Crisis: One Year...

3/3/2013

article Chukchansi dispute reviewed
(California) -- The Chukchansi Indian tribe is divided, and a panel was held Thursday night at the Peters Business Building at Fresno State to discuss the emotional...

2/28/2013

article Chukchansi factions scramble for control of tribe
(California) -- A new faction has taken control of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians tribal council, and its first act was to fire the rancheria's...
article Tribal tensions not affecting Chukchansi Casino business
(California) -- Power struggle continues at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians. One faction of the tribe is questioning the legitimacy of the latest council in...

2/27/2013

article Deputies remain on alert in Madera County
(California) -- Madera County Sheriff's Deputies are still on high alert Wednesday, making sure violence doesn't errupt on an indian reservation. A command post...
article Fresno State to host Chukchansi strife panel
(California) -- Fresno State will host a panel on Thursday led by American Indian studies professor Charles Ettner to discuss the standoff last year at the Picayune...
article Tribal leadership split at Picayune Rancheria
(California) -- More than a year after two factions claimed to be the rightful tribal council of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, a third faction has come...

2/26/2013

article Fresno State panel on Chukchansi issues set
(California) -- A panel discussion Thursday at Fresno State will examine inter-tribal disputes centered around disenrollment issues, election disputes, management...
article Law officers converge on Chukchansi offices as tribal factions clash
(California) -- Law officers were on alert Tuesday night at the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians offices, where factions were in a stand-off over tribal...
article Tensions Flare on Tribal Land, Officers Surround Complex
(California) -- Tensions flare again on tribal land... one year after tribal infighting sparked violence. At least fifty officers from multiple agencies are surrounding...

2/23/2013

article Chukchansi Tribe elects new governing council
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribe has elected a new governing council which follows a year of bitter fighting between two factions.

2/22/2013

article Chukchansi tribe has another fight for control
(California) -- Another power struggle has erupted at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians after a group of the tribe's original descendants took over a...
article Power struggle in leadership of Chukchansi tribe
(California) -- They've announced they have new leaders for its tribal council. This comes about a year after violence at the tribal offices following a dispute over...

12/5/2012

article Chukchansi election; more people disenrolled
(California) -- A tribal council election Dec. 1 at the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in Coarsegold voted in two new members -- Charles "Charlie...

8/27/2012

article Chukchansi Tribe casino default raised in off-reservation battle
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians could go into default if an off-reservation casino is approved, opponents are claiming.

8/13/2012

article Chukchansi moving forward with disenrollments
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is disenrolling tribe members -- about 100, according to some within the tribe. Tribe officials...

7/10/2012

article Chukchansi restructures $310m debt
(California) -- A new financing plan for the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will push the payback on loans taken out by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi...

7/9/2012

article Chukchansi Family Fights For Recognition
(California) -- A Chukchansi Indian family is fighting to be recognized. The Ramirez family claims to be direct descendants of the tribe. It is now appealing to the...

7/7/2012

article Chukchansi family files suit against U.S.
(California) -- A Chukchansi tribal family is suing the United States government, claiming the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians membership rolls and...

5/11/2012

article Two kicked off Chukchansi tribal council
(California) -- Two tribal council members elected in December have been removed by a rival Chukchansi Tribal Council. Incumbents Morris Reid and Dora Jones, both...

5/7/2012

article Chukchansi language to be preserved with grant
(California) -- Every language contains a world of unique information. In most Native American communities, language is an oral tradition and many times it dies when the...
article Chukchansi tribe donates $1 million to Fresno State for language program
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is donating $1 million to Fresno State's College of Arts and Humanities for the Department of...
article Chukchansi tribe pledges $1 million to Fresno State
(California) -- The Chukchansi variety of the Yokuts language will be preserved and revitalized thanks to a $1 million gift from the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi...

4/26/2012

article Chukchansi hotel deals with bug infestation
(California) -- Officials with the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino near Coarsegold confirmed Wednesday that evidence of "swallow bugs" -- which look nearly...

4/25/2012

article Bed Bug Infestation At Casino Hotel? Chukchansi Response
(California) -- The Madera County Environmental Health Department confirmed to KMPH News on Tuesday that one of the towers of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino was...

4/21/2012

article Tribe protests lack of federal action
(California) -- Members of a dissident group in the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians took their grievances Friday to the streets of downtown Fresno.

4/20/2012

article Chukchansi protest in downtown Fresno
(California) -- Angry over infighting at Chukchansi Casino, members of the Picayune tribe that have been dis-enrolled, say their rights have been violated.
article Fresno protest focuses on Chukchansi tribe's leadership struggle
(California) -- About three dozen people gathered outside the federal courthouse in downtown Fresno to protest what they described as government inaction in the Picayune...
article Chukchansi plan to start a tribal court
(California) -- Chukchansi Indian leaders who have struggled for months with internal strife are considering starting a court to address appeals and serve as an...

3/29/2012

article Chukchansi tribal council seats still vacant
(California) -- As of Tuesday, the fate of three Chukchansi tribal council seats remained in question after a meeting to swear in council members was canceled Monday...

3/27/2012

article Tribe cancels ceremony, claims threat from rivals
(California) -- A dispute between competing factions of a Central California Indian tribe continues to rage, with one side calling off the swearing-in ceremony of a new...

3/26/2012

article 'Credible threat' causes cancellation of Chukchansi tribal swearing-in
(California) -- A meeting to swear in Chukchansi tribal council members was canceled Monday night after leaders said there was a "credible threat" made against...
article Chukchansi Tribe Hoping to End Leadership Dispute
(California) -- A resolution is in sight for The Chukchansi Tribe after months of feuding. It's not exactly what Tribal Council Member Morris Reid was hoping for....

3/12/2012

article Chukchansi election complete, controversy continues
(California) -- Controversy continues over a vote to fill a vacant seat on the Chukchansi Tribal Council on Saturday. Reggie Lewis won the election, after losing to a...
article Chukchansi Tribe Hopes Recent Election Settles Dispute
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribe is trying to move forward after months of feuding. More than half of the tribe showed up to Saturday's election. The votes were...
article Chukchansi Tribe Hoping Election Results Heal Division
(California) -- Over the weekend the Chukchansi tribe held an election and current council member Reggie Lewis won. A majority of the tribe members voted to support the...
article Chukchansi Vote Could Bring Peace
(California) -- Chukchansi tribal members have voted overwhelmingly to support the existing tribal council and to make a change in tribe governance.

3/11/2012

article Chukchansi Tribe Election Stirs Up More Controversy
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribe appears to be moving forward. More than half of the tribe showed up to Saturday's meeting. Reggie Lewis won the election and...
article Auberry man arrested for refusing to leave Chukchansi casino
(California) -- An Auberry man was arrested Saturday at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino on suspicion of trespassing on casino grounds, the Madera County Sheriff's...

3/10/2012

article Chukchansi Election Wraps Up
(California) -- The voting results are in from Saturday's big election involving the Chukchansi Indians. Reggie Lewis, leader of the old council, has been declared...
article Chukchansi Tribe Dispute Resolved?
(California) -- It's been several days since violence erupted at The Chukchansi Indian Tribal Headquarters. The tribal offices were destroyed and three people were...
article Chukchansi Tribe holds Tribal Council meeting and vote
(California) -- Members of the Chukchansi Tribe finished casting their votes in hopes of settling a tribal leadership dispute. That dispute caused violence and increased...
article Chukchansi vote to fill tribal council vacancy goes to Reggie Lewis
(California) -- A majority of Chukchansi tribal members on Saturday threw their support behind one tribal faction by selecting Reggie Lewis to fill a tribal council...

3/9/2012

article Chukchansi tribal council election is today
(California) -- Today's Chukchansi tribal council election is unlikely to end the controversy dividing two battling factions.

3/7/2012

article Contested Chukchansi tribal election Saturday
(California) -- A new Chukchansi tribal council election is planned for Saturday -- long-awaited for Reggie Lewis' council and seen as unjust by the council led by...

3/6/2012

article Sheriff: No signs of violence as Chukchansi cooling-off period ends
(California) -- A cooling-off period ended Monday at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians without protests or new violence flaring up between two opposing...

3/5/2012

article Chukchansi tribal feud appears to be over
(California) -- The standoff at the Chukchansi tribal offices appears to be over. A squad of Madera County Sheriff's Deputies has been guarding the complex since...
article Power Struggle Continues Among Chukchansi Indians
(California) -- It's been nearly a week since a violent clash between two fighting factions within the Chukchansi Indian tribe. So far, there has been peace, but no...
article Rival Chukchansi faction meets in Clovis to plan strategy
(California) -- The incoming chairman of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and 35 of his supporters met in a Clovis park Sunday afternoon to make plans for a...

3/3/2012

article Chukchansi Elections Committee Speaks Out
(California) -- The Chukchansi Elections Committee explains the political problems that led to violence this week. Meanwhile, the 48 hour stand down expired but both...

3/2/2012

article Chukchansi: Gaming numbers up despite tribal tumult
(California) -- Despite tribal tumult, business is good at casino.Despite tribal tumult, business is good at casino.Despite the incident at the Picayune Rancheria of...
article Calif. tribal factions extend cooling-off period
(California) -- Authorities say rival factions of a Central California Indian tribe have agreed to extend a stay-away order after a violent standoff earlier this week.

3/1/2012

article Chukchansi factions extend cooling-off period through weekend
(California) -- The cooling-off period between rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians has been extended through the weekend, Madera County...
article Chukchansi tribal member truce is over
(California) -- The Madera County Sheriff will keep his deputies in front of the Chukchansi tribal office through the weekend.
article Tensions Cooled at Chukchansi
(California) -- All's quiet on Chukchansi tribal lands Thursday, two days after a near riot broke out over a disputed election. Madera County Sheriff John Anderson...
article Tribal dispute escalates to violence Tuesday
(California) -- A Chukchansi leadership standoff escalated Tuesday morning when a fight broke out resulting in injuries including a stabbing outside the tribal offices...

2/29/2012

article Access Restricted to Chukchansi Headquarters
(California) -- Barricades are set up at Chukchansi Tribal headquarters. They went up around seven Wednesday night. Madera Sheriff's deputies and CHP officers are...
article Chukchansi Dispute Continues
(California) -- The Chukchansi Indian Reservation was quiet Wednesday Morning. The scene very different from the day before, when protesters tore down a fence and a huge...
article Chukchansi tribal members leave buildings in dispute
(California) -- Madera County Sheriff John Anderson was prepared to storm buildings occupied by members of two rival Chukchansi tribal factions and make arrests, risking...
article Deputies on patrol near Yosemite after Chukchansi tribal factions clash
(California) -- Sheriff’s deputies and security guards were on patrol Wednesday after rival factions of a tribe that runs a casino tangled in a violent skirmish...
article Deputies patrol around site of Calif. tribal fight
(California) -- Sheriff's deputies and security guards from rivaling factions of a California tribe were on patrol Wednesday, one day after a violent skirmish...
article Deputies Stationed at Chukchansi
(California) -- Madera Sheriff’s deputies are stationed at the tribal offices of the Chukchansi Indians. This comes after two people were injured in a riot late...
article Dispute between Indian factions heats up
(California) -- For two months, following a disputed election, the fight for control of the Chukchansi Indian tribe was a standoff.
article Feuding Chukchansi Tribes Under 48hr Truce
(California) -- The white flag has been raised, at least for a couple of days, between two feuding factions of the Chukchansi Indian Tribe after a dispute over election...
article Rivalry erupts in violence for Chukchansi tribe
(California) -- A 38-hour standoff at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians apparently ended peacefully Tuesday, hours after a near-riot on the tribe's...
article OP/ED: Plenty of fault in tribal dispute
(California) -- It's difficult to find anyone in the Chukchansi tribal controversy who shouldn't share the blame for the dispute turning violent this week. Both...

12/29/2011

article Dissension after Chukchansi council meeting
(California) -- Chukchansi chairman Reggie Lewis and treasurer Chance Alberta have refused to step down from tribal council after being outvoted during a Dec. 3 election...

12/28/2011

article BIA to stay out of Picayune Rancheria dispute
(California) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs says it will stay out of the fight over leadership of the tribal council for the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi...

12/27/2011

article Chukchansi tribal leadership murky after contested election
(California) -- Leadership of the tribal council for the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians remained up in the air Tuesday, with both factions in a contested...
article Chukchansi Tribe's Controversial Elections
(California) -- Two Council Members of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians locked themselves in the tribal offices, changed the locks and put up chains on...

10/27/2011

article COMMENTARY: Picayune Rancheria tribal disenrollments 'disheartening'
(California) -- I found the Sept. 29 Sierra Star article by Carmen George about disenrollment of Chukchansi tribal members very informative and well written, although it...

5/21/2011

article Tribe's grant allocations create Madera Co. rift
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians' Community Grant Program awarded close to $1 million to a variety of organizations across Madera...

3/1/2009

article Hundreds expelled from Chukchansi tribe / Those who remain could receive significantly larger share of Coarsegold casino payouts.
(California) -- With millions of dollars flowing into the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino near Coarsegold each month, the Indians of the Picayune Rancheria have...

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