Set at the foot of the beautiful San Gorgonio and San Jacinto
Mountains, the Morongo Indian Reservation spans more than 32,000
acres and overlooks the vistas of the Banning Pass.
Resilient and resourceful, the Morongo tribe has had to overcome many adversities.
The Morongo Reservation was one of nine small reservations set aside by President
Grant by executive order in 1865.
In 1983, the path of Morongo’s future changed when tribal members started
a modest bingo hall. From this building evolved one of the oldest and most successful
Indian gaming facilities in California. The present $250 million destination
which opened in late 2004, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, is one of the
largest tribal gaming facilities in the nation.
With its diversification into non-gaming businesses, the tribe has become the
largest private sector employer in the Banning-Beaumont region and is a major
contributor to the Coachella Valley economy. The tribe now employs more than
3,000 people. An independent study reported that the tribe’s gaming and
non-gaming businesses would generate more than $2.8 billion into the regional
economy by 2008. The tribe pays payroll taxes, unemployment benefits, employee
benefits and provides health programs. More than two thirds of the Morongo workforce
is composed of residents from the Banning Pass and desert cities.
On both community outreach and social education fronts, Morongo has taken a leadership
role. The tribe gives generously on an annual basis to hundreds of local community
Today, the region’s governments, businesses, community leaders and groups
regard Morongo as a friend and partner. The Morongo tribe’s progress is
a case history that illustrates how combining a pro-active tribal government
with sound economic development can enable tribes to turn their lives and communities
around and dramatically impact the surrounding economic region. Morongo is actively
working with government and community leaders to explore the best paths of future
development and planning that will yield a better quality of life for this generation
and for generations to come.