Chukchansi Gold Casino Closed After Tribal Power Struggle



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

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

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

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

The target, it seems, were casino documents and accounts that are overdue for submission to the nationwide Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission had threatened to shut the casino down and issue it a $16 million fine if the necessary audits and records, some that are eighteen months late, had been perhaps not submitted. It would appear, then, that the ousted faction violently stormed the casino to be able 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 (more…)