In 1983 the Soboba Tribe of San Jacinto, California cautiously ventured into Indian Gaming with humble beginnings, a simple bingo hall in a temporary sprung structure and pre-fabricated trailer. On Tuesday February 28th, 2017, after 22 years of struggles and challenges, legal battles and negotiations, changes and building, the Tribe and casino management proudly broke ground to mark the beginning of the construction of a modern, permanent casino-resort.
Tribal Administrator and Soboba Tribal member Michael Castello opened the ceremony by welcoming the invited guests and dignitaries present, and then introduced Steven Estrada, Chairman of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians who provided a traditional prayer and blessing in his native language. Castello then introduced Soboba Tribal Council Chairman Scott Cozart, Vice-Chair Isaiah Vivanco, Treasurer Kelli Hurtado, Sergeant at Arms Rose Salgado and Secretary Monica Herrera who was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. Before a few words by the Chairman, Councilwoman Salgado recognized all of the tribal elders, youth and tribal members for their attendance, support and participation. She stated, "We must give gratitude for all our ancestors before us and for those who fought for our rights," Salgado continued "We must acknowledge all the tribal members and elders who gave us perseverance."
Those in attendance included Soboba tribal members, administrators, city and corporate officials, casino management and team members as well as hundreds of invited guests who came to witness the historic occasion.