COARSEGOLD CA (CelebrityAccess) — A federal court has ordered the American Indian-run Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino to remain closed following an armed standoff between two rival tribal factions last week.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill of the Eastern District of California ordered the casino to remain closed until at the least, a court hearing scheduled for Oct. 29th.
The closure stems from an Oct. 9th incident where an armed group from one faction of the tribe entered the casino and confronted another faction which had been overseeing operations of the business. The casino is owned and operated by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.
According to the Fresno Bee, the conflict came to a head after National Indian Gaming Commission indicated that it would close the casino if required audits and financial information from 2012 and 2013 were not provided by the casino's operators, who claim that the documents were missing.
A representative from the tribe could not be reached for comment.