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Jamul Indians Cut Developer Ties, Revive Casino Plans

The Jamul Indian Village, where a tribe of Kumeyaay Indians reside on what County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has referred to as a 6 acre “so-called reservation,” has announced plans to pursue a scaled-down version of the casino it has sought in the East County community of Jamul since 1999.

Yesterday the group announced that it had severed ties with Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment, with whom it had planned to partner to build a 12 story, $350 million hotel/casino complex. The tribe instead is moving forward with a scaled-down plan, calling for a casino about half the size originally envisioned and without a hotel.

The tribe is expected to reveal its new plans later this week and begin a public review process seeking feedback from local stakeholders. “Ultimately, the newly designed project will create jobs for its neighbors in the Jamul and Dulzura areas, allow the tribe to become self-sufficient, and enable it to share gaming revenue with local governments and charities,” the tribe said in a release.

“They have a real uphill battle. There is so much bad blood,” Jacobs told the San Diego U-T last month when the tribe first indicated it would revive its casino plan.

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The Jamul Indian Village, where a tribe of Kumeyaay Indians reside on what County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has referred to as a 6 acre “so-called reservation,” has announced plans to pursue a scaled-down version of the casino it has sought in the East County community of Jamul since 1999.

Yesterday the group announced that it had severed ties with Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment, with whom it had planned to partner to build a 12 story, $350 million hotel/casino complex. The tribe instead is moving forward with a scaled-down plan, calling for a casino about half the size originally envisioned and without a hotel.

The tribe is expected to reveal its new plans later this week and begin a public review process seeking feedback from local stakeholders. “Ultimately, the newly designed project will create jobs for its neighbors in the Jamul and Dulzura areas, allow the tribe to become self-sufficient, and enable it to share gaming revenue with local governments and charities,” the tribe said in a release.

“They have a real uphill battle. There is so much bad blood,” Jacobs told the San Diego U-T last month when the tribe first indicated it would revive its casino plan.

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Here we go again. Is there any tribe with any tiny reservation that thinks that a casino is NOT the route to riches? This case is really pathetic in that as the last arrival on the Highway 94 scene it is a johnny-come-lately scheme. Could they not do just as well if they put in a tobacco/liquor/gasoline station complex, claiming exemption from all state and local taxes? That would draw more traffic and business than another also-ran casino.

March 14, 2012

“Ultimately, the newly designed project will create jobs for its neighbors in the Jamul and Dulzura areas, allow the tribe to become self-sufficient, and enable it to share gaming revenue with local governments and charities,” the tribe said in a release.

That is the biggest BS self-serving pile of crap I have ever ehard.

March 14, 2012

Yeah, right. They'll share that revenue with other entities after they pay themselves thousands a month, just as the Viejas band does, and wallow in decadence. That band cares not a whit about its Jamul and Dulzura neighbors; it's all about big bucks in their own pockets.

March 15, 2012

"Yesterday the group announced that it had severed ties with Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment..." Hmmmm?? According to its press release, it was Lakes, not the tribe, that "... determined that it would not continue to move forward with the project with the Tribe and terminated the Agreement, effective March 13, 2012."

But since when have we ever gotten a straight story from the current leadership of the Jamul tribe? They have poisoned the waters of community trust and honesty for the last two decades. We hear of how many live below the poverty line, and yet the 50 Jamul tribal members have collected more than 11 million dollars from the California Revenue Sharing Trust Fund since 2001.

The Jamul Tribe had fewer than 20 members in 1987, and most were elderly. When Indian gaming arrived, so did a contingent of outsiders... who promptly became insiders, and then the "leadership." They ousted the elders, and evicted the last residents of the land at gunpoint using private police. Although signing a promise to not destroy the homes, they razed them to the ground two days later.

The Jamul Tribe is sobering example of what should never happen between tribes, brothers, and communities.

March 17, 2012

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