In California, the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will have to remain closed after shutting down last October. The casino was going to reopen this month but leadership arguments may remain unresolved and will keep the facility in the dark for now. Tribal members have been working with local governments as well as the National Indian Gaming Commission and state to move forward.
The National Indian Gaming Commission would like to see more stability within the resort, owned by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians. The Commission will be waiting until after an election takes place on the 3rd of October before moving forward with a decision on the casino.
Michael Odle is a spokesperson for the NIGC who stated that the Commission is optimistic about the upcoming elections and are hopeful that the tribe will be able to get their house in order. The Commission is unable to predict the outcome of the election but they are and will continue to monitor the events that take place to ensure the tribe is moving forward in the right direction towards compliance.
To address the operation of the casino and issues within, the tribe has now reached a new understanding via memorandum with the Madera County, the location of the casino.