Column: Agua Caliente Band enjoys good fortunes

"Lucrative land ownership has long made them the envy of other Native American tribes. But when California voters opened the way for casinos on Indian reservations, good luck for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians turned to great fortune.

The reason is obvious, though not necessarily simple. The tribe's land is located in the heart of one of the West Coast's most famous desert resorts, where golf getaways are now packaged with gambling excursions. In an area where casino construction is becoming a growth industry, the Agua Caliente tribe is the region's best-known player."

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