Local tribal leaders are saying that federal aid is "welcome and needed," according to a published report.
Tribes in San Diego and Riverside counties will be looking to get a share of billions of dollars set aside for Indian Country in the federal economic stimulus package approved earlier this month by Congress, reported the North County Times.
Although some local tribes have become wealthy through their gambling megaplexes, poverty persists in other tribes in the region that have no casinos.
Both could benefit from the more than $3 billion set aside for tribal governments in the $787 billion stimulus package. Tribes will have to compete for much of the money, which will be distributed in grants.