Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians Invests in North County
Photo by Amber Lussier
People employed by Rincon
Infused into state and local economies in 2013
American Indian casino gaming has done more than bring an influx of much-needed money to the Luiseño people of San Diego’s North County. It’s ushered in a greater awareness of American Indians as neighbors and governments, along with a tremendous financial boost to the local and regional economies.
An example is the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, owners of Harrah’s Resort Southern California. In 2013, Harrah’s infused $241 million in employment payroll and purchases of goods and services into the state and local economies, and paid taxes of $4.7 million. Rincon completed a $160 million expansion of the property in 2014 that generated 1,500 new jobs, $99 million in income for San Diego workers, $108 million in purchases, and $11.5 million in new state and local taxes.
By strengthening their government’s financial capabilities, the Luiseño Bands are funding and sharing much-needed services that did not exist in the neighboring rural communities. These include the availability of modern fire departments, paramedic and ambulance services, additional sheriff’s protection, environmental and water quality controls, and much more.
In addition, the tribes donate sponsorships and thousands annually to hundreds of charities, schools, and local recreational volunteer groups and community events.