The Augustine Tribal Council has approved Hero Pay Lump Sum Payments for 70 employees who work in tribal government and casino positions at Augustine Casino in Coachella.
Those are workers deemed essential by the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, and who continued to work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. (photo above of some of the workers).
The Augustine Tribal Council voted to give its essential workers $10 additional pay for each hour they worked during one of the most difficult years in recent memory. Checks have been handed out, ranging from several hundred dollars to $19,000. For some workers, 19-thousand dollars is roughly half their annual salary.
The one-time incremental paycheck represented retroactive pay for hours these workers logged during the initial 12 months of the pandemic. The money came from American taxpayers via the Coronavirus State & Tribal Fiscal Recovery Fund, which was part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe Biden in March of 2021.
Throughout the pandemic, Augustine Casino has focused on the safety of its guests and workers. The casino was the first in Coachella Valley to close its doors in March 2020 and the last to open in June 2020. In order to reopen safely, the casino enacted extensive health and sanitization guidelines, including requiring face masks, temperature checks, nightly closure for deep cleaning and no smoking indoors.
The Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians’ reservation is nestled in the shadows of the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, only three miles east of PGA West, in Coachella. The tribe opened Augustine Casino in 2002 and today, in addition to the casino, operates an organic farm; a three megawatt solar power plant; and Synergy Blue, a gaming manufacturing company. For more information on the tribe, visit www.augustinetribe-nsn.gov.
Augustine Casino, Coachella Ca, employees embrace after getting Hero Pay Lump Sum Payouts from Tribal officials. Some received up to 19-thousand dollars.
Photo from Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians