California tribes send $1.7M in casino funds to community

The Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee in San Diego County, California, distributed $1.7 million in grants.

As part of the Class III gaming compact, the Barona Band of Mission Indians and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation contribute to the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. The money goes to communities affected by the tribe's casinos.

"The Barona Band of Mission Indians is honored to work with Sycuan to fund these important projects for the improvement of the San Diego community," Barona Chairman Clifford LaChappa said, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

"Through our tribal contributions back to the community, the residents of San Diego County can feel safer and more secure, while enjoying better social service and health care programs," said Sycuan Chairman Danny Tucker, the paper reported.

Since 2003, the Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee has distributed nearly $29 million, the paper said.

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Barona, Sycuan give away $1.7 million in grants (The San Diego Union-Tribune 5/23)

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