By Ray Hagar
Reno, Nevada (AP)

Members of the United Auburn Indian Community used to live in poverty in Northern California, sleeping in cars or hunkering down in rundown houses with plastic sheeting for windows.

Yet since the 2003 opening of their Thunder Valley casino near Lincoln, Calif., the 275-member tribe has left the shacks for upscale housing, opened a pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade school and have provided members with health care coverage.