A long-anticipated casino-resort will soon be built between Chowchilla and Madera, as confirmed by the North Fork Rancheria of Madera County. The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) recently approved the management contract between Station Casinos and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. This paves the way for the collaboration on the North Fork Mono Casino & Resort, which will span 305 acres and will be located near Madera, California.
After years of navigating the legal and bureaucratic processes, the federal government took over the land in 2013, ultimately leading to the approval of the project. North Fork Rancheria President Fred Beihn expressed his delight at the approval of the management contract, emphasizing the commitment to tribal sovereignty and the benefits of tribal gaming to the community. Similarly, former tribal chairwoman Elaine Bethel-Fink applauded the perseverance and principles upheld by tribal leaders and citizens during the lengthy process.
The casino-resort project will feature a 100,000 square-foot casino with over 2,000 poker and slot machines, as well as 40 table games such as three card poker, Pai Gow, and blackjack. Additionally, the property is expected to create 1,000 jobs and make significant investments in housing, schools, public safety, local charities, and economic development. Construction is set to begin later this year and is projected to last for 15 to 18 months.
While the financial details for construction funding and a groundbreaking date have not yet been disclosed, the tribe and its partner are looking forward to the development of the North Fork Mono Casino & Resort. The approval and commencement of the project mark the culmination of a 20-year effort to bring this casino-resort to fruition.