Escondido, CA

La Jolla tribe and state celebrate new gaming compact


Tribal Secretary Angela Miner, Tribal Treasurer Norma Contreras, Councilman Bill Nelson Jr., Tribal Chairman Fred Nelson, Jr., Governor Brown’s Senior Advisor Joginder Dhillion, CEO Skye McMichael and Tribal Attorney James Kawahara.

Fred Nelson, Jr., tribal chairman for the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, met Tuesday with Governor Brown Advisor, Joe Dhillon to celebrate the new Tribal-State Gaming Compact.  The new compact provides for a 25 year term, up to 2,000 slot machines, and three gaming facilities.

The La Jolla Indian Reservation is over 8,500 acres, along the southern slopes of Palomar Mountain and upper reaches of the San Luis Rey River, and is home to over 500 enrolled members (out of a total tribal membership over 700).  The Tribe does not currently operate a large casino, but plans to open a small casino at its Trading Post off Highway 76 soon.

Chairman Nelson, said “This new Compact will give the tribe the opportunity to start a large casino operation on terms that are fair and give the tribe the opportunity to grow.”  Nelson added: “We wish to thank Mr. Joe Dhillon for the respect and dedication he devoted throughout this successful negotiation.”

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