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Lawsuit vs. casino dismissed, refiled

A $21 million lawsuit from a group that claims it was instrumental in getting Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino reopened in 2015 has been dismissed from federal court, but was refiled at the state level shortly after that ruling.

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8/21/2017

article Calif. Tribe’s Challenge Of DOI Casino Approval Tossed [sub req]
(California) -- A California federal court has denied the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians' suit challenging a U.S. Department of the Interior decision to...

8/14/2017

article Lawsuit vs. casino dismissed, refiled
(California) -- A $21 million lawsuit from a group that claims it was instrumental in getting Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino reopened in 2015 has been dismissed...

8/9/2017

article Lawsuit alleging Chukchansi owes gaming group $21 million dismissed from federal court
(California) -- A $21 million lawsuit from a group that claims it was instrumental in getting the doors of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino reopened in 2015 has been...

8/8/2017

article Gaming group who helped get Chukchansi back up and running suing tribal group claiming they are owed millions
(California) -- The doors re-opened to Chukchansi Casino on New Year's Eve in 2015 to crowds of excited gamblers. Now, the Osceola Blackwood Ivory Gaming Group is...

7/28/2017

article Calif. Tribe Ducks $21M Casino Management Suit (sub req)
(New York) -- A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a casino management company’s suit alleging it lost $21 million because the Picayune Rancheria of...

7/7/2017

article Calif. Tribe Makes Final Plea To DC Circ. Over Rival Casino (sub req.)
(New York) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians on Wednesday again urged the D.C. Circuit to toss a lower court's ruling that backed the U.S....

6/28/2017

article Deputy saves distressed dog, arrests owner at Chukchansi casino
(California) -- On June 24, a deputy from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office responded to Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in regards to a small tan dog that...

6/14/2017

article Tribe Doubles Down On Bid To Duck Casino Management Suit [sub req]
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians on Tuesday doubled down on its bid to toss a casino management company's suit alleging that it lost $21...

6/6/2017

article Casino Management Co. Says Tribe Must Face $21M Suit [sub eq]
(California) -- A casino management company asked a California federal judge on Tuesday not to toss its suit alleging it lost $21 million when the Picayune Rancheria of...

5/11/2017

article Calif. Tribe Says $21M Casino Management Suit Must Be Nixed [sub req]
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians urged a California federal judge Wednesday to toss a casino management company's suit alleging it...

5/4/2017

article Some spilled coffee leads to the arrest of an armed casino patron
(California) -- After a struggle with deputies, an armed patron was arrested at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. Casino security contacted the Madera County...

5/3/2017

article Maderan arrested after he allegedly pulls gun on casino employee over spilled coffee
(California) -- A Madera man was arrested inside Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Wednesday morning for allegedly brandishing a loaded handgun in front of a casino...

4/29/2017

article Calif. Tribe Looks To Nix DOI Quick Win Bid In Casino Row (sub req.)
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians on Thursday said the federal government’s own bid for a quick win in the tribe’s challenge of a...

3/27/2017

press release Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Issues Statement on OBIG Lawsuit
(California) -- Recently, Osceola Blackwood Ivory Gaming (OBIG) filed a complaint against the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and the Chukchansi Economic...

3/22/2017

article Florida company suing Chukchansi tribe for $21 million
(California) -- A $21 million lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court last week against the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and its business authority by a...

3/21/2017

article Resort management firm says Chukchansi tribe owes it $21 million for helping reopen casino
(California) -- A group that was managing Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and made arrangements to get it open at the end of 2015 has filed a lawsuit saying the...

3/16/2017

article Possible human remains discovered at Chukchansi Crossing site
(California) -- Some construction work on Chukchansi Crossing, a future fueling station in Coarsegold owned by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, was halted...

1/30/2017

article Ground broken on ‘Chukchansi Crossing’ gas station
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians broke ground today on a long-delayed gas station and retail service center at the northeast corner of...

1/24/2017

article Tribe Urges Judge To Block Rival's Calif. Casino Bid [sub req]
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians asked a California federal judge on Friday to end another tribe’s bid to build a casino in Northern...

12/15/2016

article Chukchansi Gold Casino awards grants to local nonprofits
(California) -- Close to $1.5 million in grant money was provided to Madera County by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians on Tuesday and presented to the Madera...

12/9/2016

article California tribe distances itself from plaintiffs in federal lawsuits
(California) -- In California, the Picayune Rancheria Of Chukchansi Indians is distancing itself from a group that has filed federal lawsuits against various Madera...
article It’s not the Picayune Rancheria Of Chukchansi Indians suing Madera County
(California) -- A recent Fresno Bee story stated that six lawsuits had been filed against Madera County officials over the past month by former Chukchansi tribal police...

12/6/2016

article Members of California tribe file federal lawsuits against Madera County officials
(California) -- In California, nine members of the Picayune Rancheria Of Chukchansi Indians have filed lawsuits in federal court against various Madera County law...
article Chukchansi community grants announced, Oakhurst organizations receive 18 of 33 awards
(California) -- After a delay of nearly three years, leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians announced 33 recipients of community grants totaling $1.4...
article Madera County says thanks for Chukchansi grants to local nonprofits
(California) -- About $1.5 million in grants from the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians were approved Tuesday by the Madera County Board of Supervisors. Overall,...

12/4/2016

article After Chukchansi raid, tribal police were arrested; now they’re suing Madera County
(California) -- Six lawsuits were filed against Madera County officials over the past month by former Chukchansi tribal police officers who were prosecuted following the...

11/3/2016

article Chukchansi tribe sued over two years of unpaid rent for upscale Fresno office
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is being sued by owners of the office building that houses the tribe’s headquarters for not paying...

10/4/2016

article Two of three incumbents lose in Chukchansi council election
(California) -- In a close vote, Dora Jones and Nokomis Hernandez, incumbent members of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians tribal council, were ousted in an...

8/31/2016

article Chukchansi grants could be announced soon
(California) -- After a delay of nearly three years, leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and Madera County representatives are getting closer to...

8/8/2016

article LETTER: One more mess at Chukchansi
(California) -- I read (The Bee July 31) where after this most recent fiasco at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino that the new “powers that be” are...

8/2/2016

article Another round of Chukchansi disenrollment letters sent
(California) -- The Chukchansi tribe is in the midst of a new disenrollment battle, one that could disqualify founding families in the tribe. It’s rekindling hard...
article Former tribal leader calls action retaliation
(California) -- Sam Lawhon, 47, has been a member of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians since the tribe’s federal recognition was regained in 1983...

8/1/2016

article Chukchansi Tribe threatens to remove rivals from membership rolls
(California) -- Leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California are threatening to remove some of their political rivals from the rolls, The...

7/30/2016

article Chukchansi starting disenrollment for some founding families’ members
(California) -- The Chukchansi tribe is in the midst of a new disenrollment battle, one that could disqualify founding families in the tribe. It’s rekindling hard...

6/29/2016

article Job fair today for Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
(California) -- Beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 2 p.m., a job fair hosted by the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino of California will be offered in the hopes of...

6/28/2016

article Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino job fair is Wednesday
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will hold a job fair Wednesday to fill 70 positions. The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conference rooms...
article Chukchansi looking to fill 70 jobs tomorrow at fair
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is looking to fill 70 full and part-time positions during a job fair Wednesday. A variety of positions are available...

5/13/2016

article Claudia Gonzales: Off-reservation gaming fuels attacks on tribes
(California) -- By now, you have probably heard that the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is supporting the California Compact Protection Act, H.R. 5079.

5/12/2016

article County asks Congressman Denham to withdraw support of H.R. 5079
(California) -- The Madera County Board of Supervisors have reacted firmly to a bill introduced in Congress last week, backed by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi...

4/27/2016

article Calif. Tribe Pushes To Intervene In Rival's Compact Suit [sub req]
(New York) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians continued to press a California federal court Monday to let it intervene in another tribe’s suit against...

4/18/2016

press release Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Joins the California Tribal Business Alliance
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians has joined the Board of the California Tribal Business Alliance.  “We are very pleased to...

1/31/2016

article Federal judge dismisses appeals on Chukchansi tribal government
(California) -- A federal judge has rejected four appeals challenging the leadership of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ tribal government.

1/23/2016

article DOI Board Tosses Appeal Of Calif. Tribal Leadership Council [sub req]
(California) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Interior Board of Indian Appeals on Thursday tossed four consolidated appeals filed in opposition to a Bureau...

1/19/2016

article Chukchansi tribal chairwoman Claudia Gonzales: 'We welcome back the community'
(California) -- Chukchansi tribal chairwoman Claudia Gonzales talks about the news Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 that the Chukchansi Gold Resort.
press release Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino Grand Re-Opening Brings Together Local, Regional and National Leaders
(California) -- Local, state and federal officials and leaders from across "Indian Country" joined the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians at a...

1/16/2016

article Chukchansi Celebrates It's Reopening
(California) -- After nearly a year and a half of being closed Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino reopens. "It's a joyous feeling, I'm so happy I'm so...
article Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino officially reopens
(California) -- The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is officially celebrated its grand re-opening Friday. After a tough year, the hotel is finally booked again for the...

1/15/2016

article Chukchansi resort and casino holds grand opening ceremony Friday
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will hold a formal grand opening and traditional tribal ceremony Friday in the hotel and casino lobby.

1/11/2016

article Chukchansi impacts Highway 41 traffic
(California) -- People living off Highway 41 in Madera County have noticed a spike in traffic lately. Ever since Chukchansi Casino reopened on New Years Eve, more people...

1/7/2016

article Fresno resident wins $188,500 jackpot at Chukchansi Gold
(California) -- Diane Bennett Smith of Fresno was one of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s first major winners this week, as she scored a $188,552 jackpot mere...

1/4/2016

article Chukchansi Tribe finally reopens casino after 14-month closure
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians reopened its casino on New Year's Eve, 14 months after the tribe was forced to close the facility...

1/1/2016

article Chukchansi Gold Casino reopens after 14 months with over 1,000 customers
(California) -- After facing a shut down for over a year and protests of the facility, the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is now back in action. The tribal casino...

12/31/2015

article Busy reopening day at Chukchansi
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is finally back open on this New Years Eve. Close to 1,000 people lined up early Thursday for the reopening. The casino...
article Chukchansi casino reopens to more than 1,000 customers
(California) -- About 1,000 people streamed into Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Thursday morning as doors were reopened after a 14-month closure. For many who...
article Chukchansi casino reopens, 1,000 excited customers stream through doors
(California) -- For many of those in line, Chukchansi Gold casino’s reopening Thursday morning represented a mini-vacation, a stop for a meal and the lure of a few...
article Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino reopens to large crowds on New Year's Eve
(California) -- The Indian casino near Coarsegold reopened, amid protests, after being shut down for more than a year. It was supposed to be a soft reopening, but when...
article Protesters outside of Chukchansi casino
(California) -- The decision by the state and federal government to approve the reopening of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, California was...
article VIDEO: Visitors pour in as Chukchansi casino reopens after 14-month closure
(California) -- Visitors celebrate as they enter Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino for the first time since its closure in October 2014, on Thursday, December 31, 2015...
article Chukchansi makes partial payment to Grizzlies
(California) -- Following a record-breaking year and national title, the Fresno Grizzlies are ending 2015 with another piece of good news; a partial payment from the...

12/30/2015

article At long last, Chukchansi casino reopens on Thursday
(California) -- It is the question every Chukchansi casino patron has been asking for over a year: When will it reopen? New Year’s Eve is the day. After being...
article Chukchansi Gold casino soft launch to take place on 31st of December
(California) -- The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino near Coarsegold is preparing for a soft launch on the 31st of December after being shut down for over 14 months...
article Protesters oppose the reopening of Chukchansi casino and hotel
(California) -- Protesters gathered outside the entrance to Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Wednesday to protest the federal and state government’s decision to...
article Protests amid Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino reopening
(California) -- The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is set to reopen Thursday morning, but amid the anticipation, not everyone is happy about the situation. A dispute...
article Protests begin near Chukchansi casino
(California) -- Around 20 people from two factions within the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians gathered in protest outside the entrance to the tribe’s...
article Fresno Grizzlies receive half of $1 million rights-fee payment from Chukchansi casino
(California) -- On the eve of its reopening, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino on Wednesday paid the Fresno Grizzlies half of its $1 million commitment as naming-...

12/29/2015

article California tribe to reopen casino after more than a year
(California) -- A Central California tribe is set to reopen its casino on Thursday; more than a year after one faction attempted an armed takeover, sending gamblers...
article Chukchansi Gold to reopen Thursday
(California) -- The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino will reopen on Dec. 31, according to a recent announcement by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Tribal...
article Chukchansi prepares for reopening
(California) -- Hundreds headed back to work in Madera County after Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino announced it will reopen Thursday. Employees started training and...
article Preparations underway to reopen Chukchansi Resort & Casino
(California) -- Preparations are underway to reopen the Chukchansi Resort & Casino in time for New Years eve. The Indian casino has been shut down for more than a...
article Workers making final preparations for Chukchansi casino to reopen
(California) -- There was the filling of money machines to replenish the cash cage on Tuesday at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and even a test run for the buffet...
article LETTER: Will Chukchansi patrons be safe?
(California) -- With the three factions still in disagreement at the Chukchansi casino, one wonders, is the public safe in going there? Maybe a TSA style of screening...

12/28/2015

article Chukchansi casino to reopen Dec. 31
(California) -- After more than a year of being closed, Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino will reopen at 10 a.m. Dec. 31, the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians...
article Chukchansi Gold will reopen on Thursday, tribal officials say
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino near Coarsegold will reopen Thursday morning after a closure that lasted more than a year, tribal officials confirmed...
article Chukchansi Resort and Casino to reopen Thursday
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Tribal Leaders announced Monday that the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino will reopen on Thursday, December...
article Tribal community looks forward as Chukchansi Resort & Casino set to reopen
(California) -- It appears to be a new beginning for the Chukchansi Resort & Casino in Coarsegold. The doors are set to reopen Thursday, New Year's eve, after...
press release Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino Set to Reopen Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Tribal Council announced today that the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino will reopen on Thursday, December...

12/26/2015

article California tribe cleared to reopen casino after fight
(California) -- Today, the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians reached a settlement with the National Indian Gaming Commission. Tribal Leaders are looking to...

12/22/2015

article California tribe cleared to reopen casino after fight
(California) -- Authorities say a Central California tribe can reopen its casino more than a year after one faction attempted an armed takeover, sending gamblers running...
article Chukchansi Casino to reopen soon
(California) -- After more than a year of being closed for business, tribal leaders said the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino will reopen sometime in the next few weeks...
article Feds OK Reopening of Contested Tribal Casino
(California) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission reached a settlement with the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, marking a huge step forward in the tribe...

12/21/2015

article Chukchansi casino reaches next step to reopening
(California) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission announced Monday a settlement agreement with the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, a major step in...
article Chukchansi get OK to reopen Coarsegold casino
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians cleared a critical hurdle Monday toward reopening their casino in Coarsegold, and the tribe could have the...
article Chukchansi Tribal Council Says Shuttered Casino Will Open Soon, Agreement Reached
(California) -- A shuttered casino in the hills near Coarsegold may come back to life this spring. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports. A little more than a year ago...
article Chukchansi: Gaming commission approval paves way for reopening
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians announced today that it has reached an agreement with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) allowing...
press release NIGC Enters Agreement with the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians to Reopen Casino
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has entered into a settlement agreement with Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians (Tribe) located...

12/17/2015

article The Fresno Grizzlies could be getting a break from the city
(California) -- The Fresno City Council is expected to extend the deal they approved last April on a discounted lease of the stadium for another three months. The idea...

12/8/2015

article Deal for last Chukchansi casino raid defendant, Vernon King
(California) -- The former leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians has settled his case that stemmed from a dispute at the tribe’s northern...

12/7/2015

article Vernon King, last Chukchansi raid defendant, reaches settlement in his case
(California) -- The last of the 15 men arrested on 29 felony counts for the office raid at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino settled his case Monday. Vernon King, a...

11/27/2015

article New deal with Madera County brings Chukchansi hotel-casino closer to reopening
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, closed almost 14 months, is a step closer to reopening – potentially as soon as three or four weeks –...

11/26/2015

article Chukchansi Gold Casino, County reach agreement
(California) -- If all else goes well, as many as 1,300 people could return to work at the troubled Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in California before the end of...
article Chukchansi Tribe reaches new agreement for shuttered casino
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California reached a new agreement that could help lead to the reopening of its shuttered casino. The...

11/25/2015

article Chuckchansi Hotel and Casino taking steps to re-open
(California) -- The Chukchansi Hotel and Casino is one step closer to re-opening. A faction of the tribe made a deal with Madera County to operate and is claiming the...
article Chukchansi tribe strikes new deal with Madera County over casino
(California) -- The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted today to ratify a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chukchansi Economic Development Authority,...
article New deal with Madera County brings Chukchansi hotel-casino closer to re-opening
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, closed for more than a year, is a step closer to opening after the tribe agreed earlier this week to a change in its...
article Tribal Members Say Chukchansi Casino is Closer to Re-Opening
(California) -- It's been over a year now since it was forced to close, but Wednesday there was some good news for the Chukchansi Hotel and Casino. Madera County...

11/24/2015

press release Chukchansi Tribe and Madera County Board of Supervisors Near Agreement on Memorandum of Understanding.
(California) -- The Chukchansi Tribe and the Madera County Board of Supervisors are nearing the completion of an MOU that is intended to resolve all remaining public...

11/7/2015

article Prelim scheduled for final Chukchansi defendant
(California) -- A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the final defendant from a raid last October that closed Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, District...

11/6/2015

article Chukchansi Tribe still working to reopen casino after a year
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California was forced to close its casino more than a year ago due to a leadership dispute. The tribe...

10/29/2015

article Grizzlies wait for Chukchansi's $1 million to settle city bill
(California) -- The stadium in downtown Fresno carries the name of Chukchansi -- even now, a year since the feds shut down the casino. But now there's a $1 million...

10/27/2015

article New tribal council working to get Chukchansi open
(California) -- "Everybody is very anxious and excited to get it back open." Says Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino Chief Operating Officer Christian Goode....

10/26/2015

article Chukchansi tribe seats new council
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians seated a new tribal council Monday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at Oakhurst Community Center...

10/25/2015

article Tribal schisms remain in Chukchansi; Lewis signals hope for casino
(California) -- The election for the Chukchansi tribal council has been upheld after four candidates who are not among those to be seated filed appeals.

10/23/2015

article Election oversight committee upholds Chukchansi election
(California) -- The Chukchansi tribal council election has been upheld after appeals were filed by four candidates who were not among those who will be seated. While...

10/10/2015

article One year and untold millions in lost revenue later, Chukchansi casino remains closed
(California) -- On October 9, 2014 offices in the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino near Coursegold, California were raided by a rival faction of the tribe that was...

10/9/2015

article Chukchansi one year later: Closing night still vivid to patrons, still rough on tribe
(California) -- Michael Gray has a stack of casino chips on his desk and a T-shirt he still wears from what was once his favorite gaming venue.

10/7/2015

article Faction sweeps Chukchansi election
(California) -- Morris Reid and members of his faction swept the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ tribal council election over the weekend. Though a...

10/6/2015

article Chukchansi casino preparation violates court order, motion says
(California) -- Workers shouldn’t be preparing to reopen Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino because they haven’t been cleared by federal and state officials...

10/5/2015

article LETTER: Chukchansi Indians should sell casino to another tribe
(California) -- I’m really getting tired of reading about the Chukchansi Indians who can’t get their act together enough to re-open their casino. How can a group of...

10/4/2015

article Chukchansi tribe holds election, but some members excluded
(California) -- The embattled Chukchansi tribe held an election Saturday for a new tribal council, but some families said they were excluded from voting.
article In Chukchansi election, Morris Reid faction affiliates win sweep of seven seats
(California) -- Affiliates of the Morris Reid faction won a sweep of seven seats in the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ election held Saturday.
press release Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians (“Tribe”) is pleased...
(California) -- Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians (“Tribe”) is pleased to announce that Philip N. Hogen, former Chairman of the National Indian Gaming...

10/3/2015

article Media: Elite new gaming commissioners named by Chukchansi tribe
(California) -- The local Fresno Bee is reporting that two new gaming commissioners have been appointed to the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ gaming...

10/2/2015

article Chukchansi tribe names new gaming commissioners
(California) -- Two new gaming commissioners who are among the best-known regulators in the Indian gaming industry have been named to the Picayune Rancheria of...
article Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is pleased to announce that Philip N. Hogen, former Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission has been appointed Chairman of the Picayune Rancheria Tribal Gaming Commission
(California) -- Joe H. Smith CPA, the former Director of Audits and Finance for the NIGC, appointed as Commissioner of the Picayune Rancheria Tribal Gaming Commission.

10/1/2015

article Chukchansi election unlikely to unite factions, reopen casino
(California) -- Saturday’s tribal elections for the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians were supposed to mark another step forward toward tribal unity sought...

9/26/2015

article Phil Hogen, former U.S. gaming chief to act as Chukchansi tribe advisor
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, a federally recognized tribe in California has had to deal with a number of legalities in trying to re-open...

9/24/2015

article Latest on Chukchansi casino: Former U.S. gaming chief to assist tribe
(California) -- Phil Hogen, a former National Indian Gaming Commission chairman, will advise the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians on gaming regulatory issues,...
press release Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians ("Tribe") is pleased to announce that Philip N. Hogen, former Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission has been retained to advise the Tribe on gaming regulatory matters
(California) -- Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians ("Tribe") is pleased to announce that Philip N. Hogen, former Chairman of the National Indian Gaming...

9/21/2015

article Chukchansi Gold’s latest setback requires time to resolve
(California) -- On the verge of reopening Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ tribal council last week lost all its...

9/20/2015

article Chukchansi Tribe sees three departures at gaming commission
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California appears to be no closer to reopening its casino nearly than a year after it was shut down...

9/17/2015

article About 100 workers furloughed at Chukchansi Gold; gaming officials resign
(California) -- About 100 workers at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino lost their jobs this week after federal regulators learned about a conflict between tribal...
article Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino to stay closed through September
(California) -- In California, the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will have to remain closed after shutting down last October. The casino was going to reopen this...

9/16/2015

article Supervisors approve Chukchansi draft MOU
(California) -- The Madera County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Tuesday, that, if agreed upon by Picayune Rancheria...
article Timing of Chukchansi Casino re-opening still up in the air
(California) -- Nobody has any firm answers, only hopes. While casino management had hoped to open this month, the federal government says no way, and a tribal election...

9/15/2015

article Feds say Chukchansi Gold won’t reopen in September
(California) -- An anticipated reopening this month of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino seems highly unlikely because the National Indian Gaming Commission is still...

9/3/2015

article Casino COO promises a “new day”
(California) -- After an October raid led to 15 felony arrests and closure orders by the National Indian Gaming Commission and state Attorney General, Chukchansi Gold...

9/2/2015

article Work progresses for Chukchansi re-opening; Approvals still needed
(California) -- Acknowledging that the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will not open in time for Labor Day weekend, and although there is no set date, chief...

8/31/2015

article Chukchansi gaming official predicts September opening
(California) -- There is a confidence in Christian Goode’s declaration that Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is reopening in September. Goode, the facility...

8/19/2015

article Chukchansi casino hopes for September reopening
(California) -- The hopes of tribal officials to reopen Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in September appear to be on track, though a recent criminal investigation...

8/18/2015

press release Chukchansi Tribe Responds To IRS Investigation
(California) -- It has recently come to my attention that the IRS has initiated a criminal investigation of a tribally owned corporation. The allegations and requests...

8/17/2015

press release Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino reaches a deal with UNITE HERE
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians ("Tribe"), through its wholly owned tribal enterprise, Chukchansi Economic Development Authority...
article Chukchansi Tribe aims to reopen shuttered casino next month
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians remains hopeful that it will reopen its casino next month. The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino shut...
article IRS targets a Chukchansi tribal council member
(California) -- A criminal investigation summons has been issued by the Internal Revenue Service for records from a Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians business...

8/15/2015

article Chukchansi reaches deal with union for resort workers
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino officials confirmed Friday that they have reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement for its 700 union...

8/6/2015

press release Open Letter to the California Attorney General’s Office, Department of Justice
(California) -- Dear Mr. Torngren, In April of this year, I sent you a letter outlining numerous concerns regarding the possible re-opening of the Chukchansi Gold Resort...

8/4/2015

article Chukchansi Gold casino sets sights on reopening
(California) -- A federal order closed the central California, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino last October, but with a $35 million deal with creditors close to...

7/28/2015

article Job fair generates hope and controversy at Chukchansi casino
(California) -- The Chukchansi Hotel and the Casino have been shut down for nearly ten months due to political squabbles within the Chukchansi Tribe. But hopes are being...
article One-time Resorts World Las Vegas top exec now managing Calif. Indian casino
(California) -- Christian Goode traded away the prospects of pandas on the Strip to oversee the reopening of a central California Indian casino that was shut down last...

7/22/2015

article Judge can’t rule to remove group from Chukchansi business complex
(California) -- A U.S. District Court judge said he doesn’t have authority to have members of a Chukchansi tribal faction removed from the tribe’s business...
article Judge Wades no Further Into Tribal Fight
(California) -- A federal judge Tuesday refused to evict a faction of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians from tribal government buildings, as feuding factions...

7/21/2015

article Chukchansi casino reopening moves closer to reality
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino could reopen by the end of 2015 as part of a $35 million deal, according to a statement from the Picayune Rancheria...
article Tribe optimistic about Chukchansi casino reopening Labor Day weekend
(California) -- Leaders of the Chukchansi tribe said they're optimistic their vacant resort and casino will reopen by Labor Day weekend. The Chukchansi Gold Resort...

7/20/2015

article Chukchansi casino could reopen by year’s end
(California) -- A $35 million deal with creditors is close to being reached to reopen the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino by the end of the year, but the tribe is...
article Chukchansi casino reopening moves closer to reality
(California) -- The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Madera County has been closed since October of last year. The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Madera County...

7/18/2015

article Disputed leader of Chukchansi Tribe wants casino reopened
(California) -- Tex McDonald, the disputed former chairman of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California, is trying to get his tribe's casino...

7/16/2015

article Tex McDonald talks about jail and the future of Chukchansi Casino
(California) -- The man arrested last year after a fight at Chukchansi Casino is talking about his time in jail and his hopes for the tribe. Tex McDonald is no longer...

7/4/2015

article Chukchansi, Tex McDonald sentenced and released
(California) -- After spending nine months behind bars, former tribal chairman Tex McDonald has pleaded guilty to a charge of false imprisonment and was released Friday...

7/3/2015

article Tex McDonald sentenced for armed takeover of Chukchansi casino
(California) -- A former Chukchansi tribal leader has been sentenced to 16 months in jail after reaching a deal with prosecutors. Tex McDonald had faced 27 counts for...
article Tex McDonald to be released Friday
(California) -- Tex McDonald, one of the tribal members at the center of the fight for control of Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino will walk out of Madera County Jail a...
article Tribal head sentenced in casino takeover
(California) -- The former head of a California Native American tribe accused in an armed takeover of the tribe’s casino has been sentenced to more than a year...

7/2/2015

article Tex McDonald sentenced in Chukchansi casino takeover, will be released Friday
(California) -- Tex McDonald, former Chukchansi tribal chairman, was sentenced Thursday morning in Madera County Superior Court and will be released from jail Friday.

6/18/2015

article Madera Co. supervisors reject Chukchansi request to reopen
(California) -- When Chukchansi tribal council members recently asked the Madera County Board of Supervisors to sign off on a settlement agreement that will help the...

6/16/2015

article Chukchansi members seek recognition from Madera Co. supervisors, goal is to reopen casino/hotel
(California) -- Chukchansi tribal council members have asked the Madera County Board of Supervisors for recognition that will ease the tribe’s ability to reopen...

6/4/2015

article Prelims set in Chukchansi raid for November 16 in Madera
(California) -- Preliminary hearings have been set for Ronald Jones, James Glasscock, John Cayanne, and Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi tribal member Vernon King. The...

5/23/2015

article Chukchansi’s ‘forgotten’ people: workers left without jobs in wake of shutdown
(California) -- When Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino was forcibly closed in October, more than 1,000 employees lost jobs. Many are still looking for work. Finding a...

5/15/2015

article Five Chukchansi tribal police agree to plea deals in casino takeover case
(California) -- Five Chukchansi tribal police officers on Friday pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor trespassing charge for their role in an October raid at the tribe’...
article Officers may not enter pleas in Chukchansi office raid case
(California) -- Several Chukchansi tribal police officers are expected to plead guilty Friday in Madera County Superior Court to a trespassing charge, but some may...

5/4/2015

article Disputed leader of Chukchansi Tribe pleads guilty in casino case
(California) -- A disputed leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians admitted his role in an incident that led to the closure of the tribe's casino.

5/1/2015

article Chukchansi casino raid suspects admit guilt
(California) -- Eleven men are admitting they're guilty for their roles in the armed Chukchansi takeover that led to the casino's closure. "That's good...
article Guilty pleas entered in Chukchansi office raid case
(California) -- Five men charged in the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino office raid case accepted plea deals Friday, while another man had his case dismissed in...
article Plea Deal In Chuckchansi Case
(California) -- Major developments in the Chuckchansi Casino case. Several people who were arrested after October's takeover attempt accepted plea deals today,...

4/30/2015

article Offers made to resolve Chukchansi office raid criminal case
(California) -- Tex McDonald, the former chairman of Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, is expected to take a plea deal Friday in Madera County Superior Court...

4/15/2015

article Defendants in California casino raid seek $1 million each
(California) -- Fourteen men have filed claims against a Central California county saying they were falsely arrested and jailed for trying to take back a casino gaming...

4/14/2015

article Million dollar claims from Chukchansi casino takeover defendants
(California) -- The men accused of crimes in an armed takeover at the Chukchansi casino now demand a multi-million dollar payout from Madera County. Fourteen men facing...

4/13/2015

article Criminal Charges Stand in Indian Casino Fight
(California) -- A state judge Friday refused to dismiss criminal charges against 15 people accused of raiding the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino last year, sparking...
article Defendants in Chukchansi casino raid file civil rights claims
(California) -- Fourteen members of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino tribal police force and security team have filed legal claims against Madera County saying...
article Judge affirms state jurisdiction in Chukchansi Tribe casino case
(California) -- A judge in California refused to dismiss charges against 15 people who were arrested in connection with an armed confrontation at the casino owned by the...

4/12/2015

article Chukchansi gaming commission laid off
(California) -- The Chukchansi tribal council has laid off its gaming commission because the tribe’s closed-down casino has no gambling to regulate, a council...

4/11/2015

article Charges Not Dismissed Against Defendants In Chuckchansi Raid
(California) -- The Chukchansi Casino case was back before a judge today. The popular Indian gaming resort has been closed since October after a rival faction armed with...
article Madera County judge rules Chukchansi Casino raid case will proceed
(California) -- The criminal case against 15 defendants charged with various crimes during a raid at Chukchansi Casino last year will proceed, a judge ruled on Friday.

4/10/2015

article Charges against 15 Chukchansi casino raiders upheld by Madera County judge
(California) -- A Madera County Superior Court judge decided Friday not to dismiss criminal charges filed against 15 defendants, including two tribal members, who are...
article Judge weighs requests to dismiss charges in Chukchansi casino raid
(California) -- A Madera County Superior Court judge will return at 1:30 p.m. Friday and might decide whether to dismiss a case against 15 tribal officials and security...
article Chukchansi casino gaming commission relieved of duties
(California) -- The Chukchansi tribal council has laid off its gaming commission because the tribe’s closed-down casino has no gaming to regulate, a council leader...
article Naming and gaming questions surrounding Chukchansi Park
(California) -- This opening day, there's a lot of questions surrounding Chukchansi Park. Most everyone wants to know: with the casino's future in limbo, will...

4/8/2015

article Chukchansi arrests back before Madera judge, who must first decide: What’s the law?
(California) -- A Madera County Superior Court judge will hear Friday from lawyers seeking to dismiss criminal charges against 15 defendants involved in the Chukchansi...
article New deal with City Hall would cut Fresno Grizzlies' rent by half
(California) -- The Fresno Grizzlies and City Hall are on the verge of a lease that finally makes sense. It took a mere 17 years. The City Council on Thursday will...

4/5/2015

article Millions At Stake In California Tribe Membership Dispute [audio]
(California) -- A dispute over membership is riling a Native American tribe near Yosemite. The Chukchansi tribe has been disenrolling members for decades, meaning the...

3/17/2015

article Money, Greed and Power Keep Chukchansi Casino Closed, Tribe Still Divided
(California) -- The future of the Chukchansi tribe in Central California is in jeopardy. The federal government shut down the tribe's casino six months ago after a...

3/13/2015

article USA Dragged Into Indian Casino Fight
(California) -- A former councilman for the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, which has been roiled by violence in a fight over casino revenue, sued the...

2/27/2015

article Chukchansi group meets federal ruling for selecting council
(California) -- The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians seated a tribal council Thursday that mirrors the 2010 elected council. In so doing, the tribe followed a...

2/23/2015

article State Offers Help to Casino Workers Who Lost Jobs in Violent Tribal Dispute
(California) -- Workers who lost their jobs when Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino was shut down last October due to an armed takeover will be beneficiaries of a $500,...

2/12/2015

article Failing to pay Chukchansi stipends was bad faith but did not violate order, federal judge says
(California) -- A federal judge in Fresno says that one faction of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians disobeyed an order he issued after Chukchansi Gold Resort...

2/11/2015

article Government declares 'interim' leaders of Chukchansi tribe
(California) -- The reopening of the shuttered Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is Reggie Lewis first goal. Lewis said, "Let's do what we have to get the...
article IBIA recognizes 2010 tribal council
(California) -- In an attempt to resolve the convoluted chaos, a federal judge ruled Monday that the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians be governed by the tribal...
article No Contempt Order in Tribal Civil War
(California) -- One faction in the virtual civil war over casino revenue on the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians will not be held in contempt, though it...

2/10/2015

article Failing to pay Chukchansi stipends was bad faith but did not violate order, federal judge says
(California) -- A federal judge in Fresno says that one faction of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians disobeyed an order he issued after Chukchansi Gold Resort...

2/9/2015

article Chukchansi tribe’s 2010 council backed in federal appeals decision
(California) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians should be led by a group that was elected in 2010, the last undisputed...

2/2/2015

article YouTube Video Shows Chukchansi Tribal Divisions Continue
(California) -- A video, posted on YouTube by a member of the Chukchansi tribe, shows what happened two weeks ago, the last time members of the Chukchansi tribe got...

1/30/2015

press release Lewis/Ayala Faction's Disputed Meeting Fails To Resolve Anything At Chukchansi
(California) -- On January 24, 2015, the Lewis/Ayala Faction spent hundreds of thousands of Tribal dollars on a “General Council meeting” in Fresno, CA in...

1/29/2015

article City of Fresno selling $330,000 Chukchansi Park stage for the low price of $25,000
(California) -- A small but symbolic transaction by the city of Fresno put its problematic downtown stadium at center stage once again. John Mellencamp's concert on...

1/26/2015

article Chukchansi members recognize tribal governing body
(California) -- Chukchansi tribal members on Saturday voted to recognize a governing body of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians until a tribal council election...
article Chukchansi Tribe comes together in hopes of reopening casino
(California) -- Nearly 600 adult members of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California met on Saturday in hopes of resolving a leadership dispute and...

1/25/2015

press release Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Members Convene at a General Council Meeting and Select Leaders to Reopen the Casino
(California) -- A quorum of all voting members the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians came together Saturday in the largest turnout in the Tribe's history...

1/24/2015

article Chukchansi members recognize tribal governing body
(California) -- Chukchansi tribal members on Saturday voted to recognize a governing body of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians until a tribal council election...
article Chukchansi Members Select Leadres to Reopen Casino, Administer Elections
(California) -- Action News is following new developments in the tribal dispute that's kept Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino shut down since October.
article Chukchansi Tribe Selects Interim Government in Hopes of Re-Opening
(California) -- Members of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians agreed Saturday on the interim government that will work with the National Indian Gaming...

1/21/2015

article Feds want Chukchansi tribe to have new election to reopen casino
(California) -- A fourth tribal faction has emerged in the fight over leadership of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians as another group seeks a new tribal...

1/15/2015

article Judge disqualified in Central California casino raid case
(California) -- A Madera County Superior Court judge presiding over a case involving the armed takeover of a Central California tribal casino has been disqualified.

1/14/2015

article Judge disqualified in Chukchansi casino raid case
(California) -- A Madera County Superior Court judge presiding over the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino raid case was disqualified Wednesday morning following a...
article Tribal faction requests court appointed receiver
(California) -- In an attempt to ensure payments are made to tribal members, one tribal faction of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians has requested a federal...

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