Pala, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians announces that Chairman Robert Smith was featured in a KPBS article, Pala Reservation Following COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders.
Pala Chairman Robert Smith was featured in a KPBS story, Pala Reservation Following COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders, about the Pala Band of Mission Indians’ community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the article, Chairman Smith discusses Pala’s response to the outbreak and the effect it is having on the tribal community.
“Life on one of San Diego’s largest Native American reservations has changed in recent weeks as communities take preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Pala Band of Mission Indians has closed non-essential businesses much like we’ve seen in cities across the state. Tribal Chairman Robert H. Smith said that includes the Pala Casino Resort.
“It’s pretty devastating because we had a lot of employees, 1,800 employees,” Smith said. “We have a skeleton staff. It’s an economic enterprise to bring resources to our tribe. We had some money tucked away so we’re operating as a government until this thing blows over. We’ll try to get back up, get people their jobs back and help out the community, and local surrounding community.””
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