from Vincent Armenta, Tribal Chairman of the
Gilbert Cash has resigned from his elected position as Chairman of the
Santa Ynez Tribal Gaming Commission.
from Chairman Armenta
When we first opened our casino and federal marshals threatened closure at every turn, we were required to focus on keeping our business operating while regulating our casino. Today, we continue to focus on our business objectives, and we also make an even greater commitment to regulating our facility. The compact agreement with the state provides a regulatory structure and adequately defines regulations in a framework that didn't previously exist. Although we've been operating under our compact agreement for four years, Indian gaming as an industry is still in its infancy. It should also be noted that the allegations of wrongdoing virtually all predate the compacts that went into effect in 2000. Since that time, there are no suggestions of illegal activities or lax regulation.
is essentially a family-owned business and like a family, if a member
of our tribe makes a mistake in his or her life, we don’t reject
the member. Rather, we hope that the member learns from the mistake and
moves forward. With 153 tribal members, it is not unusual that a few might
have taken a wrong path at some point in their life. It should not surprise
people that we have all the same issues and problems that exist out in
the community because we are, in fact, a microcosm of society.