While gaming is a significant revenue stream for some tribes, it is not the only source of revenue being pursued by Pechanga. The information below will share with you our focus on economic diversity and our efforts to use our revenue for the betterment of our people and the community at large.
Indian gaming does help diminish the poverty rate of Native people, often by providing decent work, benefits and community infrastructure. It is not a guarantee of individual wealth.
The current national poverty rate among Native American people in the United States is high, with nearly one in four living below the poverty level, according to the 2000 US Census. 13% of tribal nations with gaming represent over 60% of annual gaming revenues nationally, while 130 tribes with gaming earned only 2% of total Indian gaming revenues.
Tribes are not private businesses, they are governmental businesses. Sovereign Tribal governments, like private states, have the ability to allow gaming operations, such as lotteries, within their borders and to use portions of revenues generated from gaming to help provide essential services to their citizens.
Even so, there are differences. For instance, states are never mandated to share revenues with other states. Tribes, however, are often mandated via the compact process to provide portions of revenue to a state's general fund.
Tribal members do pay taxes: those who work off-reservation, or outside of direct tribal government, pay the same income, property and sales taxes that any other American citizen pays.
Tribal Governments, like individual states, municipalities, and other units of government are not required to pay corporate taxes to each other. However, gaming Tribes in California are required to pay into state-controlled funds that benefit local communities, the state, and non-gaming tribes. Read more about Tribal community contributions on Economic Impact