|Following the success of their Cliff Castle Casino situated seventy miles north of Phoenix Yavapai-Apache Nation have pledged to help the La Posta Band of Mission Indians fund, design and build a casino east of San Diego. They will also help hire and train staff, but won’t manage its operations.|
“This tribe really want to help other tribes because they remember what it was like to be impoverished,” said John O’ Neil, general manager at Cliff Castle. It's the second such deal the tribe has entered in the rapidly growing California Indian gambling market. The Yavapai-Apache also helped the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians open a casino in 2001 and is negotiating with three others in California.
The small tribe’s casino (the La Posta Band has just twenty-five members, twelve of whom are adults) will have about 300 slot machines and will cost about $10 million to $15 million to develop. It will be on the north side of Interstate 8, about fifty miles east of San Diego and is scheduled to open in 2005.