The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the San Manuel Entertainment Authority (SMEA) announced on Friday, September 24th that the San Manuel Casino is now Yaamava’s Resort & Casino in San Manuel, a milestone marking a new era in the Southern California gambling initiates and hospitality.
SMEA will continue to own the casino and resort, while the name change allows the tribe to pursue additional growth opportunities and serve the community under the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians company.
What began as a humble bingo hall 35 years ago has since grown to become one of Southern California’s premier gaming, entertainment and culinary destinations. As part of its three-phase expansion project, the casino added additional slot machines earlier this year, bringing the total to more than 6,500, an additional high limit gaming room, three retail stores, and new bars and restaurants around the property. In December of this year, the Yaamava ‘Resort & Casino opened its new 17-story hotel with 432 guest rooms, including 127 spacious suites, as well as a pool deck with seven private cabanas, a full-service spa and additional culinary options. An entertainment center with 2,800 seats will open next year.
“Today marks a new chapter of rebirth and limitless potential, so we have given our property a new name – Yaamava – the Serrano word for ‘spring,” “said Ken Ramirez, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians our tribal citizens, the thousands of San Manuel team members and millions of valued guests over the years who have all helped make this moment possible. “
The renaming to Yaamava ‘Resort & Casino in San Manuel includes a new visual identity and logo, inspired by the ancestral lands of the Serrano. The Yaamava ‘logo is shaped like fronds of yucca plants in a braided basket pattern, symbolizing an important aspect of the tribe’s history in the area and paying homage to the culture and heritage of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Due to its growth as a company, San Manuel will have more than 6,000 team members by the end of 2021, making it one of the top 10 private employers in San Bernardino County, Southern California. Recently, the San Manuel Casino and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Government Operations were certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Global Agency for Workplace Culture. For those interested there are job offers at sanmanuelcareers.com.