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Herself - Narrator
Mary Ann Andreas ...
Herself - Former Tribal Chair, Morongo Band of Mission Indians
John James ...
Himself - Tribal Chair, Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Honibea Smith ...
Herself - Youth Council, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay
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Himself (archive footage) (as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Brenda Soulliere ...
Herself - Tribal Judge, Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Anthony Pico ...
Himself - Tribal Chair, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay
Allen Lawson ...
Himself - Tribal Chair, San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay
Cheryl Calac ...
Herself - Tribal Council Member, San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay
Paula Lorenzo ...
Herself - Tribal Chair, Rumsey Band of Wintun
Richard Polanco ...
Himself - State Senator, Los Angeles (archive footage)
Joely De La Torre ...
Herself - Associate Professor, CSUSB (as Dr. Joely De La Torre)
Alfonso G. Orosco ...
Himself - Tribal Elder, San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay
Eva Boyko ...
Herself - Union Member, Cache Creek Casino
Wayne Mitchum ...
Himself - Tribal Chair, Colusa Band of Wintun
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In a few short years, American Indians in California went from being the poorest people in the state to among the richest - from being virtually invisible, to being the most powerful political lobby in the 6th largest economy in the world. For the Cabazon and Morongo tribes of Southern California, the plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case, the potential wealth from gambling was unimaginable. Years of excruciating poverty have not been lost on three-time chairwoman Mary Ann Andreas of the Morongo tribe, whose reservation is near Palm Springs. She remembers the dirt floor shack of her childhood, and the impossibility of dreaming for the wealth the tribe now holds. For Viejas tribal Chairman Anthony Pico, the abundance of today harks back to the times before contact with Europeans. Today, the State is trying to charge a gaming tax greater than the standard corporate rate, a challenge to the newly found abundance of California tribes. California's "Lost" Tribes is the first ... Written by Jed Riffe

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13 April 2006 (USA)  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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