The North Fork Rancheria of Madera County announced the construction of a new casino-resort between Chowchilla and Madera after almost 20 years in the making. The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) recently approved the management contract between Station Casinos and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. This will involve the development of the North Fork Mono Casino & Resort on a 305-acre land close to Madera, California. The federal government took control of the land in 2013.
The validation of the management contract represents the culmination of a 20-year effort to obtain the necessary approvals from Washington, D.C. North Fork Rancheria President Fred Beihn expressed delight with the approval and appreciation for Station Casinos’ commitment to tribal sovereignty and bringing the benefits of tribal gaming to the tribe and community.
In addition, former tribal chairwoman Elaine Bethel-Fink acknowledged the leaders and citizens who shaped the project over the years and emphasized the tribe’s adherence to principles and faith in the law. The North Fork Mono Casino & Resort will include a 100,000 square-foot casino with over 2,000 poker and slot machines, and 40 table games such as three card poker, Pai Gow, and blackjack. The facility will also feature dining options, easy access from Highway 99, and ample parking.
The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs and make significant investments in housing, schools, public safety, local charities, economic development, and more. Construction is set to begin later this year, with an estimated duration of 15 to 18 months. However, details about the construction funding and groundbreaking date have not been disclosed by the tribe and Station Casinos.