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Tribal Gaming in California
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005

Mark Macarro, tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, was first elected in 1992 and is serving his sixth term on the council and fifth term as chairman. Macarro's vision for the Pechanga people is to see the band strengthen its political self-determination and economic self-sufficiency by developing a diversified economy for the Pechanga Band.

A national leader, Macarro represents Pechanga in the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and on the board of directors for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). Macarro was the only Native American to serve on the California Workforce Investment Act Board. Macarro is a traditional Luiseno singer, singing ceremonial Nukwaanish funeral songs at Indian wakes throughout area Indian reservations, and is a practitioner of Cham'teela, the Luiseno's native language. Chairman Macarro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In his Athenaeum talk, Macarro will speak about the triumphs and the difficulties that tribal gaming has faced in California, from the passage of Propositions 5 and 1A, to the issues that face gaming tribes here today. Chairman Macarro will discuss the unique ways that the Pechanga Tribe and other local tribes use gaming resources to protect and expand cultural programs and resources for tribal members. He continues to be a leader in his Tribe and a tireless voice for Native American rights. His discussion will provide unique insight into the successes that are happening in Indian Country today and is second in the series Native Americans in the 21st Century sponsored by the Rose Institute for State and Local Government.