Previously, the tribe’s Quechan Casino, located inÂ Winterhaven,Â operated under the 2006 Compact Amendment, signed by former Gov.Â Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 2006 Compact Amendment contained onerous revenue contribution provisions that reportedly deprived the tribe of infrastructure investment opportunities.
The new compact reportedly alleviates the financial hardship the tribe experienced under the 2006 Compact Amendment and is in line with the longstanding federal principle of promoting tribal economic development and self-sufficiency, the tribe reported in their press release.
“The Tribe is pleased to move forward under the favorable terms of the new Compact to more adequately provide for the Tribe while continuing to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with theÂ State of CaliforniaÂ and our local community,” saidÂ Escalanti. The tribe’s Senior Center and Wellness Center are just two examples of the benefits yielded by the tribe’s gaming operations, the release said.
“The Tribe’s savings under the new Compact will allow the Tribe to provide critical services to its Members, including education, healthcare, and housing services,” continued Escalanti in the release. “In addition, the Tribe can now invest directly in the city ofÂ WinterhavenÂ and the surrounding communities, providing added benefits toÂ both Members and non-native residents.”