Cuevas’ tribe operates the Pechanga Resort and Casino, the largest in California. By some estimates, it earns from $1 -2 billion annually and pays allotments to each tribal member of $300,000 or more a year.
Pechanga Resort Casino is wholly owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Opened in 2002, Pechanga is the largest resort/casino on the West Coast and one of the largest in the country, with 200,000 square feet of gaming space.
How much does each tribal member receive? According to court records, it’s about $13,000 a month, or, about $156,000 a year.
The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Luiseño Indians based in Riverside County, California, where their reservation is located. As of 2006, there were 1,370 members of the nation.
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
Allen, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, has the lowest per capita income in the country. Extreme poverty rates on the ten largest reservations.
|Reservation||Location||Extreme Poverty Rate|
|Standing Rock Indian Reservation||South Dakota and North Dakota||16.6|
The Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor in California totaling 188,000 sq ft.
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Members of some Native American tribes receive cash payouts from gaming revenue. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, for example, has paid its members $30,000 per month from casino earnings. Other tribes send out more modest annual checks of $1,000 or less.
Now the tribe will give members $25,000 when they turn 18, $25,000 when they turn 21, and the rest when they ‘re 25.
All Indians are subject to federal income taxes. However, whenever a member of an Indian tribe conducts business off the reservation, that person, like everyone else, pays both state and local taxes. State income taxes are not paid on reservation or trust lands.
The Pine Ridge Reservation is home to the lowest life expectancy, and a number of the poorest communities in the United States. The average life expectancy on Pine Ridge is 66.81 years, the lowest in the United States. There are 3,143 counties in the United States.
Luiseno men hunted deer, rabbits, and small game, and went fishing in the rivers and ocean. Luiseno women gathered acorns, nuts, beans, and fruits. They baked bread from specially prepared acorn flour, or sometimes from corn they got in trade.
The Morongo Tribe, set at the foot of the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains, thrives on a 35,000 acre reservation, overlooking the vistas of the Banning Pass in California. The tribe owns the $250 million Morongo Casino, Resort, & Spa, one of the largest tribal gaming facilities in the nation.