October 10, 2014 - Madera County Sheriff announces gambling is closed to the public at the Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino in Coarsegold, after the National Indian Gaming Commission (issued a temporary closure order) and Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (issued a temporary restraining order).
The Casino will remain closed until at least October 15, when all parties, who were served Friday evening, must appear in Federal Court in Fresno.
Parties served Friday evening include, Reggie Lewis Faction, Tex McDonald Faction, and Morris Reed Faction.
In the meantime, all security – both armed and unarmed – have been ordered to vacate all tribal land properties. They have been advised that they cannot come within 1,000 yards of tribal territory.
Under the direction of Madera County Sheriff John P. Anderson, Director of Emergency Services for Madera County, sworn Peace Officers with the Madera County Sheriff’s Officers will provide security on all tribal land – this will include both the Tribal compound (located on Road 417) and casino property (located on Lucky Lane).
With help from mutual aid from the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, 20 Madera County Deputy Sheriff’s, along 30 additional sworn Peace Officers will remain on site though the duration of the issued restraining order and temporary closure.
This action is the direct result of an intra-tribal dispute that erupted inside the Chukchansi Casino Thursday night as patrons gambled and dined while being catered to by casino employees.
Madera County Sheriff Announces Gambling is Closed to the Public at Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino in Coarsegold