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March 15, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has obtained $140 million in bank financing to build a $95-million casino in Palm Springs and repay construction loans for the Rancho Mirage gambling hall it opened in 2001, attorneys for the tribe said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2012
Richard Milanovich, who spent nearly three decades as chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, will be honored Wednesday at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. A remembrance ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a celebration of his life at noon. His body will lie in repose at the Convention Center, which will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Richard Milanovich, who as chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians helped to usher in a new age of wealth and political muscle for many Native Americans through the expansion of tribal casinos in California, died Sunday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. He was 69 and had cancer. During Milanovich's nearly three decades as chairman, the Agua Caliente tribe rose from a harsh desert existence to the glitz and riches that accompany casino-fed wealth. The transformation coincided with the rebirth of Palm Springs, home to one of the tribe's two posh casino resorts and large swaths of tribal land, and economic gains across the checkerboard reservations in the Coachella Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Richard Milanovich, who as chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians helped to usher in a new age of wealth and political muscle for many Native Americans through the expansion of tribal casinos in California, died Sunday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. He was 69 and had cancer. During Milanovich's nearly three decades as chairman, the Agua Caliente tribe rose from a harsh desert existence to the glitz and riches that accompany casino-fed wealth. The transformation coincided with the rebirth of Palm Springs, home to one of the tribe's two posh casino resorts and large swaths of tribal land, and economic gains across the checkerboard reservations in the Coachella Valley.
BUSINESS
July 22, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Caesars to Invest in Indian Casino: Caesars World Inc. said it signed an agreement to help the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians build and operate a $25-million casino in Palm Springs. Under the agreement, Caesars will finance construction of the 80,000-square-foot facility and manage it. About 50% of the space will be devoted to non-gaming activities.
SPORTS
November 8, 1986
On Oct. 28, The Times reported that Gary Pettis of the Angels and Lloyd Moseby of the Toronto Blue Jays had been involved in an altercation with a group of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs. The story (implied) that Gary and Lloyd may have provoked the incident by taking a wrong turn and refusing to leave when asked. As a great admirer of these gentlemen, I'd like to set the record straight. Gary and Lloyd were in Palm Springs to participate in a baseball skills competition which raised over $100,000 for the Special Olympics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1994 | LAUREN STRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Members of the Torres Martinez band of Desert Cahuilla Indians protested the dumping of sludge on their reservation Thursday, carrying picket signs and blocking the path of trucks carrying sewage to their community in this rural town. Private waste management companies truck more than 3,000 tons of solid waste to the reservation from Los Angeles and Orange counties each week, dumping it on 120 acres they lease from Torres Martinez tribal member Geraldine Ibanez.
OPINION
September 19, 2008
Re "Stacked deck," editorial, Sept. 15 The Times' editorial too hastily criticizes the Legislature's effort to rein in the growing industry of unregulated charity casino bingo. The editorial failed to mention that operators of these machines are not currently subject to any regulatory oversight, nor is there any requirement to pay the charities a reasonable percentage of their income. The California attorney general said in May that these electronic bingo devices are unlawful under the California Penal Code and no longer should be used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
One of California's wealthiest and most influential Indian tribes tried to persuade a judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit by the state's political watchdog agency that accuses it of campaign finance violations. "Until and unless Congress acts, certainly this court should not" act to make the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians submit to the state's campaign finance regulations, said Art Bunce, an attorney for the tribe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Some say Orange began 100 years ago when the township, developed by law partners and landowners Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell, received its incorporation papers. But others take the long view. To them, California once was called Aztlan, "the place of the stork." Its citizens danced with fire, sang bird songs and roasted their corn in smoldering oak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Katherine Siva Saubel, an elder of the Cahuilla Indian tribe of Southern California, once described herself as "just a voice in the wilderness all by myself. " She meant that she had few people with whom she could speak the Cahuilla language or sing the songs that conveyed her people's ancient stories. "My race," she told The Times in 2000, "is dying. " Now Saubel, long its feistiest guardian, has died. "It's a huge loss … the end of an era," said Nathalie Colin, an ethno-historian at the Malki Museum near Banning, which Saubel co-founded more than 45 years ago to preserve Cahuilla history and traditions.
OPINION
September 19, 2008
Re "Stacked deck," editorial, Sept. 15 The Times' editorial too hastily criticizes the Legislature's effort to rein in the growing industry of unregulated charity casino bingo. The editorial failed to mention that operators of these machines are not currently subject to any regulatory oversight, nor is there any requirement to pay the charities a reasonable percentage of their income. The California attorney general said in May that these electronic bingo devices are unlawful under the California Penal Code and no longer should be used.
NEWS
February 24, 2004 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS
A MIRAGE, MAYBE? WE'RE HEADED BY CAR TO THE END of a smooth, wriggling blacktop road in a desert full of jagged edges, sharp needles and heavy sand. We rumble through the Coachella Valley, trailing clouds of dust, climb to a ridge, then step down between sun-blasted hillocks into a scene to startle and gladden any thirsty wanderer: Palm Canyon, gloriously moist, teeming with about 3,000 fan palms along a trickling creek. This is the largest natural palm oasis in North America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2003 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors are moving to shut down a haphazard Mojave Desert community of battered trailers on grounds that its untreated drinking water, open sewage lagoons, defective wiring and unregulated businesses threaten the health and safety of about 4,000 migrant farm workers who live there. Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said prosecutors expect to seek a preliminary injunction Thursday at U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2003 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
In a sprawling shantytown between the Salton Sea and a toxic dump site, children play barefoot on dirt roads, running beside leaking sewer lines and piles of rotting garbage thick with flies. Beneath their feet is broken glass; nearby, rusting machinery and wire. When the wind kicks up, they breathe dust and ash from an adjacent dump that contains elevated levels of cancer-causing dioxins.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has obtained $140 million in bank financing to build a $95-million casino in Palm Springs and repay construction loans for the Rancho Mirage gambling hall it opened in 2001, attorneys for the tribe said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2002 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's Fair Political Practices Commission, testing the limits of Indian sovereignty and state law, announced Thursday that it has sued to force a Palm Springs tribe and casino operator to comply with fundamental campaign finance and lobbying disclosure statutes. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is one of the top campaign spenders in California, having contributed at least $13 million to state campaigns since 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2003 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors are moving to shut down a haphazard Mojave Desert community of battered trailers on grounds that its untreated drinking water, open sewage lagoons, defective wiring and unregulated businesses threaten the health and safety of about 4,000 migrant farm workers who live there. Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said prosecutors expect to seek a preliminary injunction Thursday at U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
One of California's wealthiest and most influential Indian tribes tried to persuade a judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit by the state's political watchdog agency that accuses it of campaign finance violations. "Until and unless Congress acts, certainly this court should not" act to make the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians submit to the state's campaign finance regulations, said Art Bunce, an attorney for the tribe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2002 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's Fair Political Practices Commission, testing the limits of Indian sovereignty and state law, announced Thursday that it has sued to force a Palm Springs tribe and casino operator to comply with fundamental campaign finance and lobbying disclosure statutes. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is one of the top campaign spenders in California, having contributed at least $13 million to state campaigns since 1998.
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