$1,000,000 for Southern California Fire Relief Efforts
California Tribal Government Steps Forward with $1,000,000 for Southern
California Fire Relief Efforts
2007-10-30 02:16:58 -
www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced
today, that they are contributing $1 million to assist fellow Californians
who have been directly affected by the recent tragic fires.
The contribution will enable various humanitarian organizations to continue
providing services as the victims endeavor to recover in the aftermath.
Among the groups to receive contributions are the American Red Cross -
Inland Empire Chapter and the Community Foundation, an intergovernmental
effort involving the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside.
San Manuel has been working directly with the American Red Cross since
Monday, October 22, just as the National Orange Show in San Bernardino was
designated to be a shelter to house and provide assistance and services to
evacuees who have been displaced by the fires in the San Bernardino
Mountains. Through Sunday, October 28, San Manuel provided more than 30,000
meals and other incidentals for the evacuees at the Orange Show shelter.
"Our hearts go out to those individuals and families who have been
displaced by the fires," said San Manuel vice chairman Vincent Duro. "We
applaud the efforts of the American Red Cross and other organizations that
are on hand with their volunteers to assist those who are impacted. This is
our way of helping our fellow citizens while at the same time recognizing
the good work of these wonderful organizations who have stepped up during
San Manuel intends that 100 percent of its funds will be used for fire
relief efforts and is actively engaging organizations capable of carrying
out long term support and social services.
The American Red Cross - Inland Empire Chapter will receive a portion some
of which will be designated to support a shelter in the nearby community of
Victorville within the tribe's ancestral territory. San Manuel is also
contributing the use of some 10,000 square feet of warehouse and office
space in San Bernardino to the Red Cross for their use to support the long
term relief efforts of the national emergency response team.
Additionally, San Manuel has pledged $100,000 to the Community Foundation
serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. San Manuel has joined with
the City of Riverside, City of San Bernardino and Riverside County, in the
Community Foundation to coordinate fundraising efforts to aid fire stricken
citizens. Funds generated will be granted to non-profit organizations that
provide services to meet the immediate, critical and unique needs of
residents impacted by wildfires in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties,
and a number of private sector companies have joined this effort.
San Manuel has also designated a portion of the $1 million commitment to
assist the Indian reservations in San Diego County that were impacted by
the fires. The Tribe continues to evaluate the best and most effective uses
of these funds to assist tribal citizens from some of the 11 Indian
reservations who have lost their homes and other property to the fires.
ABOUT THE SAN MANUEL BAND OF SERRANO MISSION INDIANS
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized
American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano
Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes,
valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San
Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as sovereign
nation with the right of self-government. Despite challenges and hardships,
the San Manuel tribal community has continued to progressively maintain and
enhance its unique form of governance - focusing all efforts on providing a
better quality of life for its citizens. Through economic diversification,
both on and off the reservation, the tribe has been forward thinking in its
efforts to build infrastructure, maintain civil services and promote
social, economic, educational and cultural development. Today, the San
Manuel tribal government has created essential governmental units including
the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment and
continues to pursue opportunities for future generations.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Designating Funds to Support
Evacuees Displaced by Regional Firestorms and Fellow Tribal Nations