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Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

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The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is a minor tribe of Mission Indians hailing from around the El Cajon, California area. The Sycuan Indians are one of the four native San Diego-region tribes. The Sycuan Indians now run a profitable casino, resort and hotel on the outskirts of San Diego, California. The tribe has also recently purchased downtown San Diego landmark The U.S. Grant Hotel. It was believed that they were also purchasing property off site for development of a potential off reservation casino.

The tribe has two waste water treatment plants and “a sequential batch reactor” used for their casino, administrative buildings, and maintenance buildings. They also own and operate a modular treatment plant in a flood plain off-site in one of their residential areas. The tribe operates a water treatment facility which controls their nitrate levels. Additionally, the tribe has and operates a small medical clinic, a dental office, a fire department and a small tribal police force. In 2005, they eliminated their environmental department for political and economic reasons.

Ballot activism

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is one of four tribes who stand to benefit from the 2007 Tribal Gaming Compacts. These compacts are being challenged by a coalition of labor unions and smaller, less wealthy tribes throughout California.

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