Rancheria opens new business

State-of-the-art auto repair shop to hold grand opening


During a time when the region has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and devastating Creek Fire, a new business blossoms in the foothills of Madera County. In a continued effort to promote economic development for its tribal citizens and community, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California announced plans to open an automotive shop in the North Fork area.


The federally recognized Indian tribe’s latest commercial venture is at the North Fork/’Old’ Mill Site at the corner of Road 225 and Douglas Ranger Station Road. North Fork Rancheria Automotive Repair officially opened its doors with a soft-opening ceremony on Monday. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Grand Opening Celebration will be scheduled as soon as health experts determine it is safe to gather. New clients will be offered many service specials during February.


Tribal Economic Development


NFR Automotive Repair is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Fork Rancheria Economic Development Authority (NFREDA), an unincorporated governmental instrumentality of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. NFREDA was established to improve the lives of Rancheria citizens by growing employment and business opportunities as well as funding sources for diverse tribal programs.


The new venture will generate new jobs and roughly $170,000 in new annual revenue for the North Fork area, providing local area residents a way to shop and invest locally. Proceeds from the operation will fund tribal social, training, and assistance programs for enrolled citizens, further benefiting the surrounding community.


“The tribe is proud to be a long-standing partner in developing Eastern Madera,” said Elaine Bethel-Fink, NFR Tribal Chair, “especially in a key service industry like this that is underserved locally.”


NFR Auto Repair is not the NFREDA’s first business venture. In 2019, NFR opened the Nim Nobe General Store, located at 32555 Way Up Way in North Fork. Lacking any casino funding, the tribe has nonetheless managed to take the lead to build, expand, or refurbish numerous businesses and community assets, including a tribal headquarters office, community center, family wellness youth center, volunteer fire station, TANF Social Services Building, transportation and training center, low-income housing, a water storage tank, Sierra Mono Museum expansion and renovation, and a future cultural and environmental protection center.


“This is what great tribal-local partnership looks like,” said Bobby Kahn, Executive Director of the Madera County Economic Development Commission, “and we look forward to more things to come.”


NFR Automotive Repair Shop Details


“North Fork Rancheria Automotive Repair will be open to the public and focus on general automobiles and light trucks repairs,” said shop manager Michael Hobie, “Our full-service auto shop will be equipped with the latest diagnostic and repair equipment and staffed by Automobile Service Excellence Certified Technicians.”


NFR Auto Repair’s Services will include: Tires and wheel alignments, engine, clutches, brakes, steering and axels and suspension repair, fluid replacement, electrical repair and diagnostics, heating and air conditioning repair, computer diagnostics, ‘check engine’ troubleshooting, and all scheduled vehicle maintenance.


In keeping with the health concerns of the times, NFR Auto Repair personnel will take necessary precautions to maintain a clean environment. Employees will wear gloves. Steering wheel covers, floor mats, and seat-covers will be used while operating customer vehicles. Customers with access to computers have the option of touchless repair orders and invoicing.


For information, find the business on Facebook, and the google business site https://nfrautorepair.business.site/.


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About the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California: The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians is a federally recognized Native American tribe with over 2,200 tribal citizens and government offices in Madera County, California. Since the restoration of its federally recognized status in 1983, the Tribe has established modern tribal governing institutions to improve the lives of its tribal citizens, many of whom have limited access to basic housing, healthcare, business, employment, and educational services and opportunity. The Tribe leverages its limited federal grant funding to operate numerous tribal programs (more information available at www.northforkrancheria-nsn.gov/

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