Two July 25 wire transfers totaling $2.6 million have brought the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians current on repaying its casino bonds, and each of two tribal factions are taking credit for the payment.
In prepared statements released July 25, both Nancy Ayala and Reggie Lewis announced they were
responsible for the payment being made.
"Our Tribe took a giant step forward by making a payment of more than $2.6 million and bringing the
Chukchansi Tribe current on our bond indenture for the Chukchansi Gold Casino & Resort," Ayala's
Chukchansi previously had made a bond payment of more than $10 million against the tribe's nearly $12 million bond payment in March.
"We are glad that this payment was able to be made to satisfy the tribe's debt obligation," Lewis' statement read. "Our tribal council is ecstatic that we were able to overcome the many obstacles put in our people's way by former council members determined to sabotage our tribe and our casino," said Ayala