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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are of the Native American tribe known as "Serrano," a name given to us by the Spaniards which means "mountaineer." Long before the Spaniards and other European settlers arrived here, our ancestors roamed a territory that spanned the San Bernardino Mountains and valley, and adjoining desert lands. In our native language, we call ourselves "Yuhaviatam," or "people of the pines." From the day the Creator placed us on Mother Earth, we have lived here in harmony with all living things and the spirit world - our connection to the Great Mystery
Following years of subjugation to Spanish settlers and changes to California's physical and political landscape, the San Manuel Reservation was established in 1891. By this time, only a few hundred Serrano people remained. We were recognized as a sovereign nation, with the right to make and be governed by our own laws. The reservation is named after Santos Manuel, a great tribal leader and is located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, just north of the city of Highland. It is 740 acres of mostly mountainous land.
<>Because much of the reservation land is not suitable for farming, our people struggled to survive and prosper. For many years, people left the reservation in search of a better life. Those who stayed endured poverty and hardship. Until the mid-20th century, many reservation homes were made of adobe, with no electricity, indoor plumbing, or running water. Unemployment rates reached as high as 75%. We needed to find new ways to support ourselves and become self-sufficient.
In the mid-1980s, we invested in a high-stakes bingo operation, and San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino was born. The gaming facility expanded in 1994 to include a cardroom and additional space for video machines. San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino now employs over 1,500 people, most of them non-Indian, and is one of the largest employers in the Inland Empire area.With our economic outlook secure, we have become a self-sufficient partner to our community. The San Manuel tribe is active in donating funds for a variety of projects in neighboring areas. Nearby cities and towns receive support from San Manuel for cultural, social, and other projects to benefit the common good.
BenefitsIn addition to an exciting career and supportive environment. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians offers a comprehensive benefit package to our full-time as well as part-time employees.
- Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance
- American Specialty Health-
- 401(k)Retirement Plan
- Paid Vacation, Sick Leave
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Educational Assistance Plan
- Employee Service Awards
- Company Picnic
- Employee Health Fair
- Discount cards to local merchants
- Unique rewards recognizing STAR Performers
Career OpportunitiesLucky Nurse Hits $7,329,995 MegaJackpots® Prize on Wheel of Fortune® Slot
(SAN MANUEL INDIAN NATION, Calif. — February 26, 2006) – Before passing away two years ago, Churaisri Thongnamsap’s father told her 2006 will be the luckiest year in her life. His prediction came true last night, as Thongnamsap hit a $7,329,995 MegaJackpots® award on a Wheel of Fortune Special Edition® nickels slot machine at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino.
“I looked closely and thought – is that right? I asked my husband — is that money for us?” said Thongnamsap. “I didn’t realize I had won the big jackpot. Then people around me started to scream and point to the jackpot amount.”
Thongnamsap, 57, loves Wheel of Fortune® and waited 15 minutes until she found an open seat on a slot machine. She had been playing for around 40 minutes when she hit one of the largest MegaJackpots® awards in California history.
“I don’t usually play for maximum payouts, but I was happy,” said Thongnamsap, a Rancho Cucamonga resident who visits San Manuel Casino once a month. “The machine was giving me small winnings – enough to keep playing.”
With her winnings, Thongnamsap plans to visit the Thai town where her father is cremated and build him a memorial at the local temple. She will also pay college tuition for her two daughters, take her co-workers out to dinner and help some impoverished families in Asia.
“Every two years, I visit the poor people in countries such as Burma and Vietnam, as part of an eye-surgery program that helps blind villagers too poor to afford surgery, “ said Thongnamsap “They need much help over there, and now that I have more money, I can go there more often.”
Thongnamsap has never been on a vacation since she migrated to the United States in 1974, and plans to also change that this year.
“We were just working hard to pay the bills and send the kids to school all these years,” she said. “Now we will go on a cruise to Alaska. I also want to visit Fiji; my husband has always wanted to go there.”
Thongnamsap said she loves her job, and plans to go to work on Monday.
Our PhilosophyAt San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, it's all about having a great entertainment experience.
We have been a premiere gaming establishment for Southern California since 1986, drawing approximately 2.2 million visitors every year and paying out nearly 2 billion dollars in cash, prizes and giveaways. Every member of our staff is committed to personal guest service and to providing you with a fun and exciting entertainment experience.
We invite you to visit our beautiful facility and sample all of the fabulous amenities for yourself!