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Morongo Casino Opens with Dedication Ceremony

10 November 2004

MORONGO INDIAN RESERVATION, California – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Bringing together community leaders, elected officials and other special guests, the new $250 million Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa celebrates the nearly-completed new property with a dedication ceremony designed to thank the community for its support throughout planning and construction. Scheduled to officially open on December 10, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa offers one of the largest casino floors in California, four-star caliber suites and rooms, multiple restaurant facilities, a nightclub, spa, convention facilities, and a pool oasis. The 685,000 square-foot hotel and casino is the largest economic development project undertaken by the tribe.

"This is a historic day for the Morongo tribe, as we unveil the new world of California gaming -- a first-class, full-service gaming, resort and entertainment experience that doesn't exist elsewhere in the state," said Morongo tribal chairman Maurice Lyons. "This pride-filled debut illustrates a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication, and underscores our support to the local community."

The property will directly and indirectly create more than 4,000 jobs and $1.4 billion in new goods and services purchased over the next five years. The Morongo tribe is currently the largest private sector employer in the Pass Area and provides economic stability to the reservation and surrounding communities of the Inland Empire. "This is a momentous occasion for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and a welcomed addition to the Inland Empire," said County Supervisor Marion Ashley.

"This new four-star property and the tribe's other enterprises are expected to generate $2.8 billion in new jobs and economic benefits over the next five years, becoming an even stronger economic driver for the county."

Located 90 minutes east of Los Angeles and 20 minutes west of Palm Springs between the scenic San Gorgonio and San Jacinto mountain ranges, the destination resort will offer visitors a full range of entertainment and recreational options. Lush gardens, sandy beaches and extensive landscaping are just a few of the design features in this world-class facility. With a beautiful and unique design inspired by the forces of nature, the new property brings a piece of paradise to the desert.

"The Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa will house one of the largest casino floors in California featuring 2,000 slot machines, 70 table games and a separate poker room," said Bill Davis, casino general manager.

"Our gaming clientele will be treated to an unparalleled level of gaming environment." "The Morongo name has long been associated with quality service," said Tom Mueller, director of hotel operations at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa. "Patrons can now expect a total resort experience with superb accommodations in addition to the customer service for which we've come to be known."

The resort will also feature Sage, The Spa at Morongo, the resort's luxury health spa; 310 four-star caliber hotel rooms and suites with mountain views; the Potrero Canyon Buffet and Serrano, two new dining concepts from Executive Chef Christophe Douheret; an oasis-inspired pool area with jacuzzis and a power-surged lazy river; and venues from night life innovators,

The N9NE Group, including N9NE Steakhouse, Belly -- an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, Spacebar -- a lounge located on the top floors of the hotel tower, and Desert Rain -- a three-story nightclub featuring cutting-edge fire and water special effects. The official grand opening of the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is scheduled for December 10, 2004.

The Morongo tribe operates one of the largest and oldest Indian government gaming facilities in California, and will employ approximately 2,400 people when the new Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa opens in December, 2004. As a direct result of the gaming operation's success, the Morongo tribe has eliminated welfare dependency on the reservation. The tribe now pays for a wide range of its community services including water storage and distribution systems, waste management, road maintenance, public safety, college education funding, recreational facilities, Headstart program assistance and more. The Morongo tribe is the largest private sector employer in the Banning-Beaumont region and a major contributor to the Coachella Valley economy.

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