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 www.bigpinepaiute.org.

Bishop Paiute Tribe

BISHOP PAIUTE TRIBE CLOSES OFFICES, WILL MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES

To protect the public health and the safety of all individuals, the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council has determined to close the Bishop Paiute Tribal Offices effective immediately through the end of March 2020.

Please keep in mind, this situation could last a little longer.

The Tribal Council and Tribal Administration will be communicating with one another daily and will be continuing to update the public with any changes as they occur. The date of re-opening and returning to work will be announced in the near future as we follow Public Health recommendations.

Although the offices will be closed, we are not completely shutting down. The Bishop Paiute Tribe is committed to maintaining its essential governmental functions to the Bishop Paiute Tribal staff and its at-large Tribal community. While the Tribal Offices are closed, we are working with staff to be able to work remotely to continue much needed services.

Although the tribal offices are closed, there are still essential services we will continue to provide. At a minimum, the essential services are:

• Bishop Paiute Gas Station

• Tribal Administration- appointment only for DMV, sales tax exemptions, etc.

• Social Services- appointment only

• Fiscal Services- appointment only

• Bishop Tribal Police- telephone first to ascertain nature of business

• Elders, Head Start, Education, Enrollment, Wellness Center, Tribal Court.

The Casino Expansion construction and New Gas Station construction will discontinue until further notice.

Signage will be placed at all tribal locations indicating services available and points of contact. Thank you for your cooperation during this time. Updates will be available to the public as they occur on KBPT-LP 96.1 FM at the top of the hour for breaking information and at 8 a.m., 11 am, 6 a.m., and a.m., for cumulative information.

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe located on its 879 acre Bishop Paiute Reservation in Inyo County, California. The Reservation was formed under Congressional Act 5299, P.L. No. 43 of April 20, 1937. The Tribe is committed to the wellbeing of its people.

For more information please contact the Bishop Paiute Tribe at (760) 873-3584, or see www.bishoppaiutetribe.com.

Paiute Palace Casino

Statement from Paiute Palace Website:

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.

AS OF 12:00PM ON TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 THE CASINO WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.