John Muncy is serving his second term as an elected tribal council member for Morongo Band of Mission Indians in Cabazon, Calif., where he helps cultivate new economic development opportunities for the tribe and implements tribal policies that guide the 35,000-acre Morongo Indian Reservation.
Mr. Muncy has amassed nearly 20 years of direct experience in the gaming industry, having worked his way up from being a poker room ‘chip runner’ at the former Casino Morongo to supervising crews operating and maintaining slot machines. In 2008, Mr. Muncy joined the gaming commission for the nearby Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians in Coachella, Calif., to help oversee regulatory and compliance issues in accordance with state and federal regulations. In 2013, Mr. Muncy was named Chairman of the Gaming Commission at the Augustine Casino.
Mr. Muncy’s relatives have deep roots in Morongo’s tribal leadership and much of the dinner table conversation of his youth revolved around current events. A graduate of the University of Redlands, he became politically active when a fellow tribal member invited him to a meeting regarding the campaign for California Proposition 5, the Tribal-State Gaming Compacts Initiative which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 1998. Now, nearly 20 years later, he and that member are both serving on Morongo's Tribal Council together.
A resident of Morongo Indian Reservation, Mr. Muncy focuses on pursuing new economic development opportunities that will strengthen and diversify Morongo’s business portfolio to ensure the tribe thrives and that it continues to have the resources needed to serve its members. Similarly, he also is deeply committed to programs that help preserve and protect Morongo’s cultural traditions for future generations.