Friday, June 5, 2009

Tribes aren't depending upon gaming revenues alone

I've previously written (in another blog) about the economics of casinos on Native American tribes. However, in a Press Enterprise article marking ten years of cooperation between the San Manuel tribe and the U.S. Department of Commerce (the tribe provided space for a local export assistance office), it was noted that the San Manuel tribe has many business interests.

In February, the tribe sold its 9-year-old Big Bear Mountain Premium Spring Water company.

San Manuel's other business ventures include owning the Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena and two hotels, one in Sacramento and one in Washington D.C.

Tribe chairman James Ramos was quoted:

"You don't rely on anything for the rest of your life," Ramos said of the tribe's economic ventures outside of gambling industries.

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