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Anza Now

The Cahuilla Band of Indians exercises its authority as a sovereign nation to provide for the welfare of its community of Members and future generations. The Tribal Government consists of the General Council and an elected five Member Tribal Council who represents Tribal matters.

The Tribe seeks economic self-sufficiency in order to support the social and economic well-being of its Tribal Members. Some of the programs that have been implemented include Youth and Family events, a Tribal Library, Cultural classes, Scholarships, Fire Prevention, Environmental Protection, Public Works, Cahuilla Consortium Victim Advocacy Program, and Inter-Tribal Sports. Since 1996, Cahuilla operates a Casino and Mountain Sky Travel Center located on Highway 371 that provides some income to the programs and services Cahuilla offers. Stock raising and cattle ranching is a traditional enterprise on the reservation that some Members have continued in their families for decades.

The Cahuilla have intermarried with non-Cahuilla for the past century. A high percentage of today's Cahuilla tribal members have some degree of mixed ancestry, especially Spanish and African American. Individuals who have grown up in the tribe's ways and identify culturally with the Cahuilla may qualify for official tribal membership by the tribe's internal rules. Each federally recognized tribe sets its own rules for membership.

The new Cahuilla Casino Hotel replaced the original casino which opened in 1996 in Anza, California. Cahuilla Casino is an Indian gaming casino owned by the Cahuilla Band of Indians. Cahuilla began construction on the new casino hotel in October 2018 and it celebrated its grand opening on May 27, 2020. 

The expansion features a 14,000-square-foot casino open 24 hours daily with 306 slots, blackjack, three-card poker and a high-limit wagering area. There are two restaurants, bar, and a 7,000-sq-foot outdoor entertainment facility and concert venue. It also has a four-story hotel with 58 guest rooms. 

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