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Anna Prieto Sandoval, 76; Sycuan leader was a pioneer in Indian gaming
Anna Prieto Sandoval, 76; Sycuan leader was a pioneer in Indian gaming

When Anna Prieto Sandoval became leader of the Sycuan Band of Mission Indians in 1972, its reservation near El Cajon was a tumbledown settlement of wooden shacks with outhouses, a 100-year-old Catholic church and a cinder-block meeting hall. About 80 members lived on the tribal land, and none had a steady job. When she stepped down two decades later, the Sycuan had risen from abject poverty to become a national model of tribal self-sufficiency, a transformation that Sandoval was largely responsible for — and that she came to regret. Sandoval, 76, a pioneer of the Indian gaming movement, died from complications of diabetes Oct. 28 at her home on the reservation, a tribal spokesman...

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