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(KFSN) -- Chukchansi Gold Casino is still closed on Friday as two factions of the Picayune Rancheria struggle for control of the tribe. Authorities.


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The National Indian Gaming Commission and state attorney general each ordered the tribe to close Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in.


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COARSEGOLD, Calif. (FOX26) — Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino announced on Friday it will temporarily close on March 20th at p.m.


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But since the casino is shuttered, those checks have stopped. Now many tribal members are without basic services, and the multi-million dollar resort sits vacant, threatening the tribe's finances. Tex McDonald leads the faction that attempted an ambush of the casino in October, Chris Ballew's great-great-great-grandfather was the last known chief of the Chukchansi tribe. Reggie Lewis leads one of the largest factions. Today multiple factions have to come together, putting aside individual issues with a hope of getting the casino open. Nancy Ayala is on the current Chukchansi tribal council. Ballew is just one of hundreds of members that have been kicked out of the tribe. They stole money from us. Money has complicated matters for the tribe so much that their casino was shut down six months ago because of violence. A day later his faction tried to remove sensitive documents from the casino, but they were stopped by another faction. Listen Listening Her family has lived on the same 1, acres in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Yosemite since She and 18 others in her family were disenrolled from the tribe in My uncle was honored as an elder at the pow wow and a week later he got a letter saying he was no longer a member. A tribal dispute that began Thursday night at a hotel and casino outside of Coarsegold continue Friday. She originally helped open the casino. At one point there were seven tribal factions and multiple tribal councils. In the hills of Madera County a 25 year old family dispute has surfaced.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Where those two things converge you have an explosion it seems to me. Tribal leaders want to open the casino as soon as possible. Chris Ballew says she isn't sure if the Chukchansi tribe will ever get along internally, but she hopes the casino opens so elders can receive services again. Valley Public Radio - FM Share Tweet Email. The federal judge who issued the temporary closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold last week ruled Wednesday that the operation will remain closed for at least until the end of the month. Today a federal judge in Fresno issued a preliminary injunction to keep Chukchansi Gold and Resort casino closed. At the same time tribal government has broken down. Vernon King of a rival faction of the Chukchansi Tribe attempted to take boxes out of the casino but were stopped by Madera County Sheriff's Deputies. Last week their tribal dispute escalated to a boiling point endangering the public. So we come in and want to know what happened to it. The tribe hopes to solve these problems with the opening of the casino within three to six months and by holding an election for a new tribal council as early as May. Around 1, employees were let go when the casino shutdown in October, Dixie Jackson is the secretary for the Morris Reid faction. Fresno State Political Science Professor Kenneth Hansen studies the Chukchansi tribe He says the rules for membership, plus millions of dollars from the casino have created a subculture of greed in the tribe. View the discussion thread. Fewer members mean larger monthly checks in the mailbox. Besides greed, many of these factions believe a large part of the problem is over how the tribe defines membership. Back in Ahwanhee just a short drive away from the casino, Chris Ballew, one of the descendants of the last Chukchansi chief is skeptical the tribe will ever get along. The federal government shut down the tribe's casino six months ago after a conflict over control of the tribe escalated to violence. The impromptu closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino has left the mountain communities around it with more questions than answers. When they say it's not about the money, it is. After tribal bills are paid, earnings from the casino are divided between members. There are around members today, but 30 years ago there were as many as 1, There weren't that many Indians up on the hill before then the casino came and people started moving in. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}The future of the Chukchansi tribe in Central California is in jeopardy.