Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – 09:18 P.M.

Based on information contained in a story published in Thursday’s Los Angeles Times, has verified by cross-referencing database lists from the California Department of Social Services and the California Gambling Control Commission that some local indian casinos allow welfare recipients to withdraw cash with state issued debit cards.

Casinos operated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Highland, Morongo Band of Mission Indians in Cabazon, Pala Band of Mission Indians in Pala, and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Temecula, offer automated teller machines (ATM) that accept debit cards issued by the state’s welfare system.

The debit cards, commonly known as EBT cards, permit welfare recipients to perform a cash withdrawal of up to $300 at the casino machines.

Casinos operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palms Spings and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in San Jacinto were not found on the listing.

I’m always told that low income families and the poor fall victim to the gaming casinos in the area. Now I really believe it.

What a sad situation. Hopefully the state can rectify this matter.