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Soboba Band celebrates 20th anniversary for gaming facility


A view of the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. Photo from Facebook

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its gaming facility as it looks toward the future.

The Soboba Casino opened in January 1995 with bingo games. Pull-tabs were added in May of that year and eventually slot machines and table games came along.

“Twenty years ago, California Indian gaming was hotly contested and perceived as the unregulated ‘Wild West’ of the gaming industry, whereas today California Indian gaming is widely accepted as a great employer, a good responsible neighbor that is highly regulated and operated with a high degree of integrity,” manager Scott Sirois told The Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The tribe is working for an even brighter future by moving the casino to a new site that was just placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs after a lengthy process. Plans call for a 729,000 square-foot facility to be called Horseshoe Grande.

The tribe hasn't determined when it will break ground on the new casino. It will include a hotel.

Get the Story:
Casino, 20 years later, is thriving entertainment venue (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 6/30)
SOBOBA: Tribe looking to build new facility for gaming (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 6/30)

Federal Register Notices:
Land Acquisitions; Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians of California (June 3, 2015)
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians' Proposed 534-Acre Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Riverside County, California (November 29, 2013)

Related Stories:
BIA confirms Soboba Band can put casino at newly acquired site (06/03)
Soboba Band still working on plan to relocate casino to new site (6/1)
BIA issues final EIS for Soboba Band casino land-into-trust (11/28)