70. Mark Macarro
Mark Macarro is the chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, and is one of the most influential tribal voices in California. He is viewed as a leader within the tribal community, and many see him as a successor to the late Richard Milanovich, the late chair of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who died in 2012. Pechanga is a casino-owning tribe – they have a huge hotel casino in Temecula – with the resources to exert political clout in Sacramento, and as a funding source for campaigns and candidates. Over the past few years, the disputes over online poker have been at or near the top of tribal concerns, although that issue’s importance has dwindled – at least for now. But in its place is a new gaming issue drawing the tribes’ attention: online sports betting. Legislation is being prepared to legalize sports betting in California and many of the casino-owning tribes are all but certain to be involved in negotiating the legislation.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017