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$1,000,000 for Southern California Fire Relief Efforts

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  • Robert Schmidt
    http://www.pr-inside.com/california-tribal-government-steps-forward-r272793 .htm California Tribal Government Steps Forward with $1,000,000 for Southern
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 30, 2007
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      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
      this crisis."

      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
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