Messages from both Big Pine and Bishop Tribes, and the Paiute Palace casino below:

Big Pine Paiute Tribe

A message from Big Pine Paiute Tribal Chairman James Rambeau Sr.

Big Pine Tribal Members and Community:

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus nationwide, the Big Pine Tribal Council is asking that our tribal community adhere to the warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local authorities. We urge you to take precautions to protect our children and families from coronavirus

The Big Pine Paiute Tribe has cancelled all community events, committee meetings, Tribal Council and General Council meetings. We are taking these precautions to ensure the safety of our tribal community. There will be emergency staff answering the telephone but we encourage you not to come directly to the office.

We will try to keep you informed on the recent outbreak and encourage you to listen to local news for updates. If you begin to feel sick and show symptoms like fever and chest congestion, Toiyabe Health Project asks that you call ahead at (760) 876-4795 before going to the clinic so that they can prepare properly. They have a limited number of test kits but can swab your nose for testing. Please stay calm at this time and follow recommendations to stay home, limit public contact, and wash hands and surfaces to sanitize. We are trying to set up a volunteer list to help the elderly with any shopping necessity needs they may require at this time. Please let us know if you can help and thank you for keeping our community safe by following the medical experts’ advice.

For updates, see

Bishop Paiute Tribe


July 15, 2020 – Inyo County – The Bishop Paiute Tribe’s administrative offices continue with “Phase 2” of the Tribe’s reopening plan alongside the individual department reopening plans. Effective Monday 7/13/20, staff is expected to be in the office Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00pm. Visitors will ONLY be allowed in tribal offices Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9:00-12:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm. Visitors are limited if possible by altering the delivery of services as necessary by: having fillable forms available, communication via telephone or email, conduct meetings virtually, returning missed phone calls as soon as possible, updating the website with correct contact info, and other measures depending upon departmental needs. All visitors will be required to have their temperature checked and a face mask before entering the building

For more information please contact the Bishop Paiute Tribe at (760) 873-3584, or see Emergency Management Page.

Paiute Palace Casino

Statement from Paiute Palace Website:


To our valued guests:

At Paiute Palace Casino, we always strive to provide a fun and engaging atmosphere for our guests and employees. We recognize the concern in our communities regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and feel it is important to communicate the steps we are taking to keep your visits safe and enjoyable.

Since we’ve reopened, we’re prioritizing your safety by taking cleanliness to a new level. While we’ve always maintained the highest level of cleanliness and safety, we have taken advantage of the recent closure to inspect, clean, and sanitize every inch of the property. Upon opening, we will be implementing a health and safety program to help prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19. It’s our goal to provide a fun and safe place to play your favorite casino games, so while your playing you will notice multiple safety measures implemented to ensure your well being.

Here are a few safety measure you will experience upon your visit:

  • All Guests and Team Members will be subject to a non-contact temporal scan prior to entry.
  • Any Guest or Team Member exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness will be directed to return at a later date.
  • A mask must be worn at all times by Guests and Team Members.
  • Smoking will not be permitted inside the casino until further notice.
  • Guests and Team Members will be required to practice social distancing at all times.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout the casino.
  • The casino will close from Sun to Thur from 1 am to 7 am & Fri to Sat from 2 am to 7 am for deep cleaning and sanitation.
  • Limited capacity.