San Diego State University has announced a $5.5 million grant from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation to establish the country's first research institute and academic curriculum exclusively focused on tribal gaming.
The new Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, to be part of the university's hospitality and tourism management program, will provide analysis of trends and issues affecting the tribal-gaming industry, help meet the industry's increasing needs for highly trained professionals, and connect gaming tribes and the wider community. The gift also provides support for an endowed chair position and staff to run the institute.
"This partnership is designed to have a transformational effect on tribal gaming across the nation," said university president Stephen L. Weber. "The Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming will explore and address important industry issues and create best practices to resolve them. This continues SDSU's tradition of working with the community to create innovative programs."