July 13, 2016
Two California tribes are going to court over a proposed casino location.
The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has land in Madera that is trying to be placed into trust. If approved, the land will be the site of the tribe's future casino.
However the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians have brought a petition to the court to prevent the land from going into trust. The tribe believes that the land does not fall under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act guidelines for tribal gaming land.
The tribe also believes that if the casino is built, then they will loose revenue at their tribal casino.
Stations Casinos has agreed to be the operating company for the North Fork Rancheria casino. The Picayune Rancheria believe that Station Casinos is trying to buy their way onto sovereign land.
The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians have been ordered by Judge Anthony W. Ishii to give more information supporting why the proposed casino project should be approved. Stations Casinos of Las Vegas must also submit information.
The petition was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Sacramento on July 1. This was the fifth lawsuit attempt by the tribe to stop the North Fork casino.
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