Richard Milanovich, Chairman of Agua Caliente discusses the recent gaming compact votes:
“This campaign brought a lot of heartache and sadness to the four tribes and to tribes across the country,’’ Agua Caliente chairman Richard Milanovich said.“Why did so much poison dominate the news media?” he asked, referring to the contentious opposition campaign led by Las Vegas interests, Unite HERE and two Indian gaming tribes in California.“How do you fight that?” he said rhetorically before over 150 people in the audience. “You fight it with truth.”
Unfortunately, Pechanga didn't go that way. They decided to use lies and guess what? It works! As Flip Wilson's character, Reverand Leroy used to say: " A lie is as good as the truth, IF you can get someone to believe it."
Anthony Miranda, chairman of California Nations Indian Gaming Association, said the campaign by competing gaming interests mirrored strategy by the U.S. Calvary to decimate Indian people. “Their plan was to confuse, mislead and worst of all to pit Indian against Indian,’’ he said.
Pechanga and it's leader Mark Macarro are one of the worst offenders of Indian vs. Indian. Aside from Chukchansi, they have eliminated more Indians in California than any other tribe. And rumblings are that they are looking to do it again. They have tried to keep other tribes down and keep them from improving their tribe's economy. Pechanga's way to improve the economy is to eliminate members.