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Tribal Youth Become “30 Under 30” Honorees for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness

Assembly member Eloise Gómez Reyes Awards Four Tribal Citizens from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Among More Than 100 Nominees

San Bernardino, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2020) - Four young leaders from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were honored with “30 Under 30” awards presented by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes. To comply with social distancing requirements, the fourth annual event was a drive-thru ceremony at San Bernardino Valley College. The award recognizes the achievements of 30 citizens under the age of 30, that live or work in the 47th Assembly District.

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Presley Calderon (seventh grade), Raven Casas (ninth grade), Destiny Duro (eleventh grade), and Annabella Hernandez (eighth grade) were awarded for their public advocacy and education efforts about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). These four young women called attention to human trafficking affecting Native American women and girls. Native American women are ten times more likely than any other ethnic group to be victims of crimes, including assaults and human trafficking.

“We applaud our San Manuel tribal youth leaders who are courageously confronting the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by calling for protection and justice,” said Ken Ramirez, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Acknowledged as the MMIWG Advocacy Group, the four young leaders testified before the California Assembly Select Committee on Native American Affairs last year regarding crimes against Native women and the small number of suspects that are prosecuted for committing these crimes. Limited sharing of information between state and tribal law enforcement is often cited as reasons for lack of prosecutions.

The MMIWG Advocacy Group also called attention to the issue with the Red Dress Dance at the San Manuel Pow Wow in 2019 and spoke with media outlets about their ongoing efforts.

Their testimony before the Assembly Select Committee helped to build momentum for the introduction of AB 3099 by Assembly Member James Ramos (AD 40) to provide for greater coordination among tribal and state agencies to protect Native women from crimes. AB 3099 was signed into law on September 25.

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

Media Contact: Jenna Brady, Public Relations Manager
909-855-5646
JBrady@sanmanuel.com

 

Mary’s Mercy Center and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Commemorate the Opening of Mary’s Village with Intimate Celebration and Virtual Tour

The Tribe invested $7.3 million to establish San Bernardino’s first transitional home for men

San Bernardino, CA (September 15, 2020) - An intimate group of tribal citizens and leadership from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, as well as representatives from Mary’s Mercy Center, San Bernardino County, San Bernardino City and Crestwood Communities joined together to commemorate the completion of Phase I of Mary’s Village – San Bernardino’s first transitional housing complex for men experiencing homelessness.

Mary's Village

This four-phase comprehensive project will make a significant impact in the lives of homeless men by not only providing short-term housing, but providing vocational education, job training, comprehensive case management and other customized services to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. This first of its kind project is a collaboration between Mary’s Mercy Center, Crestwood Communities, Southern California Edison and San Manuel Band Mission Indians. The support of Southern California Edison allowed this development to be built zero net energy, which means it is an energy-efficient building that is designed to generate enough solar energy to offset its energy costs over the course of a year.

Mary’s Mercy Center President Father Mike Barry and Vice President Mike Hein opened the celebration with a prayer and by offering a blessing for each of the buildings. “There is an inspiring quote from the Book of Proverbs which says, ‘My people die for lack of vision.’ This characterizes the origin and development of Mary's Village. It also characterizes the entire history of San Manuel who have brought a vision to Mary's Village and developed their vision within the unfolding of a 'home' for the poor, the less fortunate and homeless men.” said Father Mike Barry. “Those who knew misfortune and homelessness have risen to help those who need it most. Their suffering and pain has brought blessings. If it is one thing, among many, that characterizes the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, it is hope set in a vision.”

Several other key stake holders such as, Kitty Garver, CEO of Crestwood Communities, Terry Kent, VP of Operations for Crestwood Communities, the Mayor of San Bernardino, John Valdivia and Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Ken Ramirez spoke about what their contributions will mean to San Bernardino and the hopes that it can be an inspiration to other cities facing issues with homelessness.

“We are proud to collaborate with community groups who are dedicated to their mission, and demonstrate the capacity to deliver effective programs, who strive to give a hand-up” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman, Ken Ramirez. “In our early years, the Catholic church helped provide food and basic needs to our Tribe and the decades long partnership with Mary’s Mercy brings that generosity full circle to benefit our entire community.”

The entire celebration and a virtual tour was broadcast via a live stream as in person attendance was limited to allow for social distancing.

Mary’s Village is located at 256 S. Artesian Avenue in San Bernardino.

About Partnership: Since the early 1990’s Mary’s Mercy Center has been providing high quality services to individuals experiencing homelessness in San Bernardino. In 1992, Mary’s Mercy Center (MMC) purchased its present facility for food provision and support services.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has supported Mary’s Mercy Center for several years. In 1993, MMC purchased an old convent that eventually became Veronica’s Home of Mercy in San Bernardino. San Manuel supported the construction of Veronica’s Home of Mercy, which provides housing and other supportive services for woman and their children experiencing homelessness.

About the San Manuel Band of 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 a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa' (Serrano word meaning “to act on one's beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.

Media Contact: Jenna Brady, Public Relations Manager
909-855-5646
JBrady@sanmanuel.com

 

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Supports Public Health Efforts by Hosting Blood Drives

More than 130 units of blood collected so far for patients in need

Highland, Calif., April 29, 2020 - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted three blood drives this month to support public health efforts in partnership with The American Red Cross and LifeStream Blood Bank at the Bear Springs Events Center. These three blood drives resulted in the collection of more than 130 units of blood.

"San Manuel has always been an incredible partner in our disaster response efforts, locally and across the nation," said Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of San Bernardino. "San Manuel's blood drive showcases another vital way they continue to support the Red Cross mission. Thanks to San Manuel's blood drive, patients will be able to receive the lifesaving blood they need."

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. One blood donation can save up to three lives. Due to the success of the first blood drive with The American Red Cross on April 6, another has been scheduled for May 14, 2020.

In partnership with LifeStream, two blood drives were held on April 10 and on April 23, 2020, where more than 80 pints of blood were collected. "We're grateful to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for hosting LifeStream at this unprecedented time," said Rick Axelrod, MD, LifeStream's president/CEO and medical director. "We value our partnership with the Tribe and look forward to continuing working toward our shared goal of community well-being." A third blood drive with LifeStream is scheduled for May 5, 2020.

Thanks to the many who have given blood and scheduled upcoming appointments, the Red Cross and LifeStream have been able to meet immediate patient needs. During this uncertain time, individuals are encouraged to keep scheduled blood donation appointments and to make new blood donation appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a steady supply throughout this pandemic.

If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling LifeStream at 800-879-4484 or visit LStream.org.

About the American Red Cross Southern California Region: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross Southern California Region proudly serves San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. In addition to disaster response, blood collection, health and safety training and international services support, the Southern California Region also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through its Prepare SoCal and Prepare San Diego initiatives. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org.

About LifeStream LifeStream Blood Bank is a local, nonprofit blood bank that provides blood products and services to more than 80 southern California hospitals and medical facilities in six counties. To fulfill patient need, LifeStream must collect 500 blood donations daily. LifeStream is an affiliate member of Vitalant, a national blood services provider in 40 states. To make this mission a reality, LifeStream has fixed-site donor centers in San Bernardino, Riverside, Ontario, Victorville, La Quinta, Murrieta and Rancho Mirage where generous, volunteer blood donors can give the gift of life. To further ensure the convenience and comfort of donors, LifeStream conducts about 1,700 mobile blood drives annually throughout our service area at schools, churches, businesses, government offices, hospitals and service clubs. For more information, and to set an appointment to give “the gift of life,” call 800-879-4484 or visit LStream.org.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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Closure Update
 

San Manuel elects Ken Ramirez as Chairman

New Business Committee begins term

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), April 14, 2020 - Mr. Kenneth Ramirez, newly elected Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and other Business Committee members, were sworn in today by San Manuel Chief Justice Claudette C. White as the new tribal leaders began their terms this week.

Ramirez was elected Chairman after having served five terms as Tribal Secretary. He serves on the San Manuel Education Committee and actively promotes access to healthcare and education for all through his work with Loma Linda University Health and other nonprofit partners in the Inland Empire region. He also leads the operating committee for First Nations Experience (FNX), the nation’s first Native American and World Indigenous Peoples television channel

“I am deeply humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve as Chairman and give my commitment to serve diligently to enhance the rights, opportunities and expectations for all San Manuel Tribal Citizens, our families, and our community,” said Chairman Ramirez. “We have the privilege of extending a positive presence throughout the region with the benefits of the Tribe’s economic impacts, our intergovernmental partnerships, and our strategic philanthropy. These are all made possible because we heed the call to Yawa’, and act on our beliefs.”

Ms. Latisha Casas was re-elected to the office of Treasurer for the Tribe. As Treasurer, her responsibilities include protecting the Tribe’s overall financial interests into the future and serving on the Investment Board. She was re-elected to her fourth term on the Business Committee as Treasurer after having served an initial term from 2012 – 2016. Her most recent term began in 2018. Casas has also been a member of the Investment Board since it was established in 2008.

Mr. Johnny Hernandez, Jr., was re-elected to the Business Committee as an At-Large member for a second term. During his first term on the Business Committee, he took leadership of cultural, education and business issues for the Tribe. He was elected Chairman of the Education Committee in 2019. Hernandez played a leading role on behalf of the Tribe in founding the Cultural Awareness Working Group (CAWG) with other tribal citizens. The CAWG works to perpetuate the learning and sharing of Serrano tribal language, culture, traditions and practices among San Manuel tribal citizens, team members and the public at large.

Ms. Alexis Manzano was elected Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Ramirez acknowledged her election by stating that the Tribe welcomes her energy and commitment as she blazes new paths for the upcoming generation of San Manuel citizens. Manzano has been a member of Articles of Association Working Group since its inception helping to update the Tribe’s governing documents and advancing San Manuel’s unique form of governance through the development of tribal codes, authorities and policy frameworks.

San Manuel continues to pursue mutually beneficial relationships with other communities and jurisdictions through partnerships across its vast aboriginal lands, which encompass the majority of present-day San Bernardino County. The Tribe positively impacts the greater community through strategic philanthropy and working with nonprofit organizations and community groups that serve communities throughout the County.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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Closure Update
 

Voluntary Casino Closure

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.) – March 14, 2020

"The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wholeheartedly stand with all of those directly and indirectly affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19), as countries and communities face unprecedented challenges and difficult decisions. San Manuel Casino has been closely following the news of Coronavirus as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and our local public health agencies. The health and safety of our guests, team members, and Tribal Citizens is our highest priority. We have volunteered to temporarily suspend casino operations effective at 5pm on Sunday, March 15th through the end of the month. In consultation with the State of California and in consideration of the Governor’s guidance on large gatherings, we feel this is the best course of action for our community.

Throughout this closure, we will continue to keep the public updated should we decide to open sooner or need to extend the closure.

During this closure all team members will continue to be paid and receive benefits.

As we navigate this uncertain period, we will continue to solicit guidance from the CDC, San Bernardino County Public Health Department and other relevant authorities. We want to thank our team members, guests, and partners for their patience during this time."

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Business Committee

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the Indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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$9 MILLION GIFT GALVANIZES TRIBAL GAMING AND LAW PROGRAMS AT UNLV

Historic agreement with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will support teaching, education, and training opportunities for students, professionals, community members, and Native American tribes.
UNLV Gift Event Picture

LAS VEGAS — February 21, 2020 – UNLV today announced a $9 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians that will position the university as the nation’s leading source for education and innovation related to tribal gaming operations and law.

This gift - the largest out-of-state philanthropic gift that the California-based San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has bestowed on an educational or healthcare institution — will support course development and an endowed chair at the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. It will also provide curricular, faculty, and program support at the William S. Boyd School of Law. The historic agreement will for the first time infuse the unique elements of tribal gaming into the world’s leading hospitality and gaming program, and add a tribal gaming emphasis to the nation’s only master’s degree program in gaming law.

“In the tribe’s history, tribal government gaming is the only tool that has worked to meet our economic development objectives,” said San Manuel Tribal Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “Yet, the full potential of tribal gaming cannot be achieved if we do not also place emphasis on developing Native people to manage our economic developments, including gaming. Therefore, we are making this investment in the partnership with UNLV to educate and prepare our children, grandchildren and future generations to help chart our path to a sustainable future.”

A $6 million portion of the gift will establish the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Endowed Chair in Tribal Gaming at the UNLV College of Hospitality. It will also enhance the college’s curriculum by incorporating tribal gaming into existing gaming courses, creating new on-campus and online degree-track courses in tribal gaming, and developing a set of online certificate courses for community members and Native Americans across the nation who are interested in learning more about careers in tribal gaming operations.

“As tribal gaming continues to expand throughout the nation, it is critical for our college to be able to educate both current and future professionals on the operational nuances of tribal gaming,” said Stowe Shoemaker, dean of the UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality. “This gift not only helps us develop greater expertise in tribal gaming operations, it allows us to make this unique educational opportunity accessible to everyone.”

The program, which will emphasize partnerships with other schools and tribes nationwide, will also host an annual, week-long executive education seminar for tribal gaming professionals. The college plans to have faculty in place this fall, with the full tribal gaming program rollout anticipated by Fall 2023.

At the UNLV Boyd School of Law, $3 million of the gift will support a professor-in-residence, a visiting professor, and a program administrator who will create opportunities for interdisciplinary dialogue and research on governance, regulation, and economic development issues.

Funds will also be channeled into a scholarship for a LL.M. student in gaming, with preference given to tribal citizens and indigenous student applicants. The Law School will also develop online courses on tribal governance and gaming regulation, expand its Tribal Law Practicum for students, and conduct an annual workshop or symposium on emerging topics and issues of interest to Native American gaming.

“The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is one of the leaders in tribal gaming in the country, and has made a sustained commitment to philanthropy and research,” said Daniel W. Hamilton, dean of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. “We are deeply grateful for their partnership, and look forward to building the nation’s leader in developing best practices for tribal gaming law, policy and governance. This is a wonderful fit for UNLV Boyd where we offer more gaming law classes than any other law school and the nation’s only master’s in gaming law and regulation. This extraordinary gift will enable UNLV Boyd to take on a leading role nationally in an area of the law that is rapidly evolving.”

To view photos from this event click here.

About UNLV UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 30,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff that is recognized among the top three percent of the nation’s research institutions - those with “very high research activity” - by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada. Learn more at unlv.edu.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the Indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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ASU Law receives $5M in support of new Los Angeles building, Indian Legal Program

January 31, 2020 - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians made a $5 million gift to Arizona State University to provide for the renovation of the historic Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles and to establish an endowment to support the Indian Legal Program’s Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

"The generous gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will continue to ensure that we offer a world-class legal education for citizens of tribal nations and prepare them for careers in such fields as Indian gaming and tribal self-governance," ASU President Michael Crow said. "Through this generous gift, our students will have opportunities to interact with and learn from the best professors and, if they so choose, study in Los Angeles.”

Based in southern California near the cities of San Bernardino and Highland, San Manuel administers a robust program of philanthropy, which prioritizes the program areas of education, health care, community development and programs that promote the arts, museums and initiatives that protect the environment. Since 2003, the tribe has contributed more than $260 million in support of nonprofit organizations and community groups, including Indian tribes and native nonprofits.

Native Americans are among the most underrepresented groups in inclusion, retention and representation in the legal community. Of the 1.3 million attorneys in the nation, only 0.3% are Native American. In addition to historical, institutional exclusion of Native Americans from higher education, several factors hinder Native Americans from pursuing legal education, including lack of resources, little or no connection of higher education institutions to tribal communities and difficulties navigating the application process.

ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program was established in 1988 to help break down these barriers, and to provide legal education and generate scholarly writing in the area of Indian law. The Indian Legal Program has become one of the best Native law programs in the nation, recognized for its strong partnerships with American Indian tribal communities and growing relationships with Indian nations and organizations nationally.

“We are pleased to fund an endowment to support the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs within ASU Law’s Indian Law Program,” said Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Tribal nations today are facing critical economic and governance challenges in an increasingly complex world, which will require highly educated tribal citizens to navigate a path to the future. These programs at ASU will provide a means for tribes to achieve self-determination.”

“The San Manuel gift will support increasing educational opportunities in the field of Indian law, the expansion of work experience for students interested in Indian law and will contribute to the development of Indian law trainings for Indian tribes and organizations.

The Indian Legal Program is also home to one of the highest concentrations of Native American and Indian law students in the nation. To date, over 360 students have graduated from the program — representing over 100 tribes across the country — serving state, federal and tribal governments and working in private practice.

“ASU Law has a long history and deep commitment to its Indian Legal Program," said Douglas Sylvester, ASU Law dean and professor of law. "U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William Canby Jr., a founding faculty member at the law school in 1967, taught the first classes in Indian law and was instrumental in the creation of the Indian Legal Program. Today, the Indian Legal Program has hundreds of alumni and is one of the largest Indian law programs in the country.”

Of the $5 million gift to ASU, $2.5 million will benefit capital improvements to renovate the historic Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles. The 1914 five-story building is listed as a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument and is being restored to its original Spanish Colonial structure.

In April 2019, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the building lease for ASU to expand its presence in California at the Herald Examiner Building. About 12,000 California residents call ASU home for their education. The building is scheduled to open in 2021, and ASU will occupy 87% of the space for programming, collaboration, outreach and research for several of its schools.


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San Manuel Band awards Indian Country Today $1 million grant

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded a grant of $1 million to Indian Country Today, LLC, and will be the Founding Partner for a national news broadcast for and about American Indian and Alaska Native issues.

The two-year grant will be used to hire talent and support production costs for a weekly, 30-minute national newscast that will be produced by the nonprofit news organization.

“We are excited about this partnership with Indian Country Today, a news organization that has been a positive presence and influence throughout the country for decades,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Indian nations have a duty to help shape news and information about Native communities. This is a wonderful opportunity for Indian Country to participate in this important endeavor.”

Indian Country Today’s television program will be a weekly look at the news and include reports from tribes across the country as well as from ICT bureaus in Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska. In preparing for the weekly newscast, Indian Country Today has been producing short video stories on its platform IndianCountryToday.com. Indian Country Today recently launched a partnership with the Associated Press that includes distributing stories from our newsroom to readers around the world.

“This grant is so important because it so significantly advances our mission. Native journalists are writing the first draft of our own history,” said Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, editor of Indian Country Today. “We are also pleased that San Manuel is our first Founding Partner. The Tribe already has a legacy in media philanthropy and has demonstrated its commitment to changing the Indigenous narrative in positive directions.”

Indian Country Today is building a new kind of media company, a nonprofit enterprise designed to serve Indian Country with news, entertainment and opinion. One of the company’s goals is to showcase the talent from Indian Country by hiring more writers, editors, producers, graphic artists, photographers, as well as its business team.

“The grant from San Manuel is incredibly generous, and the Tribe’s strong support as Founding Partner will enable us to expand our coverage of Indigenous communities to a much broader audience,” said Indian Country Today President Karen Lincoln Michel, Ho-Chunk. “This marks a new beginning in our sustainability. We hope this investment by San Manuel will encourage other tribes, foundations, and companies, to support this critically important mission.”

Indian Country Today is a nonprofit company, a multimedia news enterprise based in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Indian Country Today produces daily digital stories and will soon launch a national newscast working in partnership with Arizona PBS and Vision Maker Media.

Indian Country Today has a goal of raising more than $10 million over the next five years for the television project. The news company also sells advertising on its platform and will produce a variety of other projects.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the Indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

About Indian Country Today Mission statement: Indian Country Today is a spacious channel that serves Indigenous communities with news, entertainment, and opinion.
Indian Country Today is based in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. It has a bureau in Washington, D.C., and in Anchorage, Alaska, at Alaska Pacific University.
Indian Country Today, LLC, is owned by the nonprofit arm of the National Congress of American Indians and operates independently. IndianCountryToday.com


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Non-Profit Receives Funding and Support to Open a Second Youth Shelter

San Bernardino County, CA (January 29, 2020) - Non-profit, Family Assistance Program, has received a $100,000 donation from The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Foundation to support the expansion of shelter for victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 and homeless youth throughout the County of San Bernardino. This generous donation is in response to the growing need for shelter options within the county for young individuals impacted by homelessness and victimization.

In San Bernardino County, the only shelter available to homeless youth and underage victims of trafficking is at Our House, a youth shelter currently operated by Family Assistance Program. According to Family Assistance Program, during 2019, Our House shelter remained at full capacity nearly every night - serving nearly 200 youth in one year. The non-profit agency continues to explore ways to address the challenge of providing sufficient shelter to meet the needs of San Bernardino County’s growing underage trafficking victims and homeless youth.

This challenge caught the attention of Congressman Pete Aguilar and The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Foundation. Pete Aguilar explains “Supporting victims of human trafficking requires cooperation and collaboration from all members of our community. I’m grateful to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and to Family Assistance Program for their partnership, and for their work to take on this urgent issue. As Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue to support federal funding to help combat human trafficking and provide resources for victims.” Together they have supported and donated ample time and funding to help expand shelter options for young victims in the County of San Bernardino County. These efforts, combined with Family Assistance Program’s experience, have resulted in the opening of a second youth shelter, named My House.

My House will officially be opened in March 2020, by the non-profit Family Assistance Program. During the first year of My House’s operation, an additional 70 young victims of trafficking and homeless youth will receive emergency shelter in the county. This will expand the county’s capacity to shelter youth under 18 by 35%.

The new shelter will be designed to address youth homelessness and all forms of victimization of individuals under the age of 18. “We are excited to further develop our partnership with Family Assistance Program with this $100,000 award. San Manuel’s relationship with Family Assistance started in 2017 through our Charitable Giving Program and they were also recently named our 2019 Forging Hope recipient. Family Assistance continues to provide supportive services and housing opportunities to underage victims of human trafficking and homeless youth. At San Manuel, we want to make sure that such needed services continue to be available to our youth.” Said Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena.

The relation between youth running away from home and forms of victimization and emotional neglect has been correlated in many studies over the last 20 years. Homelessness is one of the leading causes of human trafficking in the County of San Bernardino.

About The Family Assistance Program Family Assistance Program operates multiple facilities throughout the High Desert, Inland Empire, and Morongo Basin, which offer a safe and supportive place to over 3,000 people a year. These facilities consist of three youth centers, two emergency shelters, two community centers, and dozens of transitional housing units. Services provided include 24-hour crisis hotlines, housing, case management, life skills education, legal advocacy, rental assistance, health assessments, and transportation. The overarching goal of all programs and services is to provide participants with the tools necessary for healthy interpersonal relationships, economic empowerment, and safe stable housing.


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San Manuel Awards $1.1 Million for California Wildfire Recovery Efforts

Recent awards to nonprofits and tribes support critical needs in aftermath of destruction

San Bernardino, Calif., (December 17, 2019) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, in partnership with government agencies, a coalition of nonprofits, and tribal governments are supporting broad wildfire relief efforts to ensure Indian tribes, communities, and displaced animals find the support they need this holiday season.

The immediate effects of wildfires on individuals and their property can be distressing, but the crisis is not over after the flames are out. Property losses, structural damages, displaced families, lost animals, economic shocks, and a variety of unknown consequences can arise once the flames are put out.

“With the $1.1M in Wildfire Relief, San Manuel is providing support to communities who have been affected by the wildfires,” Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena said. “While an immediate influx of funding may flood into communities in the days and weeks following the disaster, the recovery efforts often take years to be completed. We continue to stand with survivors in communities affected by these wildfires with this support for recovery as they endeavor to rebuild their lives.”

In October, wildfires in California scorched thousands of acres, prompted mass evacuations, and caused millions of dollars in damage and property losses. The fires especially impacted vulnerable tribal communities that often face an increased risk due to their proximity to wildlands.

San Manuel will be partnering with the following tribes and non-profit organizations:

American Red Cross - $600,000: The Red Cross will provide additional supportive services and financial assistance for those in the impacted regions. Reaching out directly to residents using a combination of Red Cross damage assessment information and FEMA inspection data, the Red Cross has already begun providing recovery assistance to the most severely impacted households.

“As an Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) member, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians also pre-invests in emergency response, enabling the Red Cross to help when it’s needed most before, during and after disasters,” said Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving San Bernardino.

California Fire Foundation - $100,000: The California Fire Foundation’s programs provide on-site emergency financial aid to those affected by fire and natural disaster. This aid is administered by frontline firefighters in the form of gift cards that help the victims of fire and natural disasters by providing them with the immediate means to purchase necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.

California Community Foundation (CCF) - $100,000: The CCF has prioritized support around the highest need for vulnerable and low-income individuals and families affected by wildfires through the Wildfire Relief Fund. The CCF will be involved in relief and recovery efforts across the State including the Getty, Tick, and Saddleridge Fires in Southern California, and the Kincade Fire in Northern California. The funding will support affordable and supportive housing options for low-income individuals and families; free or low-cost mental and behavioral health care; economic recovery and workforce development; and continuity or expansion of other vital safety net services.

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians and Dry Creek Rancheria - $100,000: Provides emergency financial assistance to tribal members directly impacted by the Kincade Fire.

Sonoma County Animal Services - $50,000: The Sonoma County Animal Services was able to respond to approximately 1700+ calls and inquiries for services since the fires began – nearly 4.5-times the normal call volume. Animal Services along with partner agencies provided thousands of welfare checks during the wildfires for livestock, equine, and other animals left behind in evacuation areas. After evacuation orders, Animal Services took in 105 animals, 48 of those animals were provided at no-cost, temporary boarding was also provided to those families who had been evacuated.

Family Service Association of Redlands - $100,000: Families who lost their home and/or need financial assistance are eligible to receive emergency motel vouchers, rental assistance, and emergency financial assistance resources at Family Services.

“Family Service Association of Redlands recognizes that losing everything in a fire is traumatic and devastating. We are pulling efforts together to rebuild the lives of the Inland Empire fire victims not only physically, but also for their mental health after of losing everything,” said Kyra Stewart, Family Service Association of Redlands. “Through the partnership with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians we are hosting a series of service orientations; the opportunity to provide move in deposits; motel vouchers; and supplies as well as vital mental health support.”

“San Manuel is committed through all phases of emergency from immediate disaster response to recovery,” said Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving San Bernardino. “We appreciate San Manuel’s understanding that we need partners who will go beyond the first few days to help communities rise out of the ashes.”

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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New Dates Announced for Weather-Postponed San Manuel Pow Wow

The 24th Annual Pow Wow Hosted at San Manuel Stadium on December 13-15, 2019

HONORING TRADITION:

The best Native American dancers, drum groups and artisans from across North America will gather at San Manuel Stadium in downtown San Bernardino the weekend of December 13 to celebrate their culture and spiritual roots at the 24th Annual San Manuel Pow Wow. Dancers and drummers will compete for over $250,000 in prizes in a unique showcase of Native American culture.

The weekend-long celebration was rescheduled from its customary October dates due to severe weather and will now begin the evening of Friday, December 13 and will run through the evening of Sunday, December 15th.

In addition to competitive dancing, the event will feature contests for tiny tots, juniors and teens, as well as audience participation dancing open to all attendees. Non-competitive exhibitions include tributes to veterans, blessings, and intertribal dancing and Bird Singing, which is Native American music indigenous to Southern California and the Colorado River Region.

The three day event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the San Manuel Pow Wow, head to SoCalPowWow.com.

INFO: WWW.SOCALPOWWOW.COM | (909) 425-3450 | POWWOWSANMANUEL@GMAIL.COM
LOCATION:

San Manuel Stadium 280 S E St.
San Bernardino, CA 92401
*All weekend activities will take place within the stadium and parking lot.

PARKING:

Parking is free to the public Convenient media parking is available adjacent to the stadium.

DATE/TIME:

Friday, December 13 5 p.m. to midnight. Grand Entry at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 14 11 a.m. to midnight. Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

WHAT YOU'LL SEE:

*Sights Men and women ages 18 to 65+ show off their skills in a variety of dance styles. Special events include Cruz Chacon Memorial Sweetheart Dance and contests for teens, juniors and tiny tots!

*Sounds Drum groups bring their best singers to compete and claim top placements.

*Experience Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts vendors, and tastes from across Indian Country.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kenneth Shoji | Office of Public Affairs | kshoji@sanmanuel-nsn.gov | 909-864-8933


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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Awards $1.3 Million Grant to UCLA School of Law to Advance Justice on Tribal Lands

UCLA School of Law Logo
UCLA School of Law Logo

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded a grant of more than $1.3 million to UCLA School of Law to help strengthen legal institutions in California and across Indian country through the law school’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic.

"The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is committed to improving justice systems on native lands in California and beyond,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “Partnering with UCLA School of Law, we can help native nations build legal institutions that are durable, just and responsive to the social and cultural needs of our communities."

The grant funds a new position at UCLA Law, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Legal Clinic Director, as well as staff for the Tribal Legal Development Clinic. UCLA Law has named Lauren van Schilfgaarde ’12, an alumna who previously worked as the Tribal Law Specialist at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and as a law clerk for the Native American Rights Fund, as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Legal Clinic Director.

The clinic director and students will work with different tribes on matters including youth justice, criminal justice and strengthening legal institutions, but will not take on work related to gaming, land use or federal recognition of tribes. Current projects include legal code development with the Yurok Tribe in Northern California, performing research and writing for the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court in Wisconsin, and developing procedures related to cultural resource protection and ancestral remains repatriation in California.

"UCLA Law has a tradition of training law students to help build the foundations for robust, independent governance and legal systems in Indian country,” said Angela Riley, a professor at UCLA Law and director of UCLA Law’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center and UCLA’s dual-degree program in Law and Native American Studies. “Through this generous gift, our law students will gain one-of-a-kind opportunities to work with Native Nations throughout California and beyond, travel to tribal lands and develop into legal leaders who will influence tribal justice for generations to come."

The collaboration continues a tradition of development of native leaders at UCLA. In 2004, a $4 million grant from the San Manuel Band established the Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange at UCLA. TLCEE, which is housed within the school of law, is an interdisciplinary experiential education program that joins native peoples’ knowledge and vision for the future with the academic world at UCLA. The program offers courses and workshops on campus, online and in native communities, for community members and UCLA students interested in American Indian Studies.

The TLCEE program and Tribal Legal Development Clinic were launched under the guidance of Carole Goldberg, Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law Emerita at UCLA and a nationally recognized leader in tribal law. Goldberg, who retired in 2018 after 46 years on the UCLA Law faculty, said, "This new grant deepens on already powerful relationship between UCLA and Native Nations in California and from across the United States. We are proud to work with the San Manuel Band to strengthen the institutions that advance tribal sovereignty, protect tribes’ cultural and natural resources, and ensure opportunity and fairness for everyone on tribal lands."

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of selfgovernance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

About UCLA School of Law Founded in 1949 and celebrating its 70th year, UCLA School of Law is one of the top-ranked law schools in the country. Its faculty are among the most influential scholars in business law, constitutional law, critical race studies, environmental law, evidence, immigration, public interest law, tax and other fields. UCLA Law’s 18,000-plus alumni work in nearly every state and more than 50 countries as leaders in government, industry, social justice and the legal profession. Committed to the University of California’s mission of teaching, research and service, the school offers students a strong foundation in the law as well as practical training through a robust experiential education program.


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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Establishes Executive Leadership Cabinet

September 26, 2019 (Highland, CA) San Manuel Band of Mission Indians CEO, Loren Gill, announced today the formation of an Executive Leadership Cabinet (ELC) which will support the Tribe in its governmental and commercial endeavors.

“It is an exciting time at San Manuel,” says Loren Gill. “I am truly honored to work with so many outstanding leaders who have been critical to our success. Ensuring we have the right people in the right places is a major priority for us and this is the first step in setting a strong foundation that allows for future growth and development. I’m excited for each of them in this next step in their career as they’re all deserving of this recognition and promotion. ”

This ELC will consist of six executive positions that will report directly to the CEO.

  • Peter Arceo ‑ Casino General Manager
  • Erin Copeland ‑ Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
  • Dan Little ‑ Chief Intergovernmental & Tribal Affairs Officer
  • Brigitte Saria ‑ Chief People & Infrastructure Officer
  • Rikki Tanenbaum ‑ Chief Marketing Officer
  • Laurens Vosloo ‑ Chief Financial Officer

Casino General Manager, Peter Arceo, will oversee all operations for San Manuel Casino, the primary economic venture of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. A casino and hospitality executive with more than 24 years of experience, Peter assumed his current role in March 2019. He first joined the management team at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California, in August 2015, as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Under his leadership, San Manuel launched its player development program, established a database marketing department, and took the property’s ‘All Thrill’ campaign to the next level. “It’s been an honor and privilege to watch Peter’s career growth over the past four years, from CMO to COO to GM. He is no doubt one of the best in the business and we couldn’t have picked a better person to lead San Manuel Casino’s ongoing expansion and future development,” said Gill.

Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Erin Copeland, will oversee Legal, Physical Safety (Public Safety and Fire), Information Security, Risk Management, Compliance, and Environmental Services.

Erin is responsible for a broad array of legal services for the Tribe and its affiliates, including San Manuel Casino, in areas including judicial, legislative, administrative rule-making and political developments, formulation of governmental and business strategic planning, risk management, and evaluation of new ventures, acquisitions, and major investment proposals. “Erin’s working relationship with San Manuel has covered nearly 30 years and her dedication to the Tribal Nation is unparalleled,” said Gill. “Her expertise, wealth of knowledge, and drive for excellence are top-notch. I’d like to recognize Erin for her continued service to San Manuel.”

Chief Intergovernmental & Tribal Affairs Officer, Dan Little , will oversee Intergovernmental Affairs, Cultural Resources Management, Tribal Family Services and will provide administrative support to the Education Department and Tribal Court. As a key policy and governmental advocacy expert, Dan serves as the primary representative of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He is responsible for developing the overall strategy concerning policy issues that affect San Manuel, its governmental and economic development interests, and its Tribal Citizens and their families. “In his first few months, Dan has already made a significant impact and no doubt will be a key part of our growth and development plan moving forward. We are extremely excited to have him on the team,” said Gill.

Chief People & Infrastructure Officer, Brigitte Saria, will oversee Human Resources, Information Technology, and Support Services. She is a Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR) executive with more than 25 years in private and public companies ranging from start-ups to multi-national corporations. “Brigitte’s leadership and talent development initiatives have transformed San Manuel over the past five years and she has played a critical role in setting us up for future success. She has been a trusted partner and forward-thinking leader from day one and I look forward to continuing this journey with her,” said Gill.

Chief Marketing Officer, Rikki Tanenbaum, will oversee Marketing and the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) across the organization. For the past year, Tanenbaum has led revenue generation functions including strategic marketing, casino marketing, brand marketing and entertainment as CMO of San Manuel Casino. Prior to joining San Manuel Casino, she held leadership roles at some of the largest commercial and Tribal gaming organizations in the country. “Rikki has made her presence felt in her first year here. She has revolutionized our marketing strategies and will be working diligently on telling the story of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The expertise she brings is second to none and we know she’s the right person to guide us into the future,” said Gill.

Chief Financial Officer, Laurens Vosloo, will oversee Finance, Accounting, Investments, Procurement, Enterprise Program Management, and Planning, Real Estate and Development. Laurens has over a decade of casino financial experience and uses that expertise to provide financial oversight and direction for all of the Tribe’s economic endeavors. “Laurens has been my confidant and right hand for the past five years, and it’s because of his unwavering support and passion that we’ve been able to accomplish all we have. I know that with his continued leadership, the future is very bright for San Manuel,” said Gill.

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About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


Media Contact: Kenneth Shoji, PR Manager – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
909-864-8933
Kshoji@sanmanuel-nsn.gov

Jenna Brady, PR Manager – San Manuel Casino
909-855-5646
JBrady@sanmanuel.com


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CSUSB Hosts 20th Annual California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference

2019 CNAD Evening Celebration Flyer
2019 CNAD Evening Celebration Flyer

San Bernardino, Calif., (September 18, 2019) More than 1,500 elementary school children and their teachers from throughout the Inland Empire are expected to visit Cal State San Bernardino and learn first-hand about California’s Native American culture, history and customs as part of the week-long California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference to be held on campus Sept. 23-27.

The five-day conference, which will be led by tribal educators from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and across California, will be from 9:45 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. Students will learn firsthand from tribal members and elders about Native American traditions including basketry, plants, music, language and history including Native American accounts of the mission through early statehood period of California’s history.

The conference culminates in the 20th Annual California Native American Day celebration on Friday, Sept. 27, from 6-9 p.m., at the CSUSB Meeting Center (formerly known as the Commons).

This is a celebration to honor California’s indigenous people, an opportunity to learn about Native American culture and a time for people of all cultures to reflect on and remember their own heritage while experiencing the music, dance and stories of California’s native nations.

The celebration will feature traditional Northern California brush dancers, southern California bird singers and dancers, a participatory Native American theater company performance for all ages, food and demonstrations of traditional life ways and knowledge.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in Lot D.

For more information on California Native American Day, contact Kenneth Shoji at (909) 754-0298 or email kshoji@sanmanuel-nsn.gov and visit http://www.nativeamericanday.org/.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit inside.csusb.edu.


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Former FBI and Security Expert to Head San Manuel Public Safety and Fire Departments

Steven Gomez Chief Physical Security Officer
Steven Gomez to Serve as Chief Physical Security Officer

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.) – August 29, 2019 The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that former Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Special Agent in Charge of Counterterrorism for the Los Angeles Field Office and former CEO of B2G Global Strategies, Mr. Steven Gomez, has accepted the position of Chief Physical Security Officer.


With a strong law enforcement and security background spanning more than 30 years with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Los Angeles Police Department and private security services, Mr. Gomez will significantly add to our current capabilities and our ongoing efforts to provide safety and security for San Manuel citizens, employees, visitors, and government and commercial interests.

“The Chief Physical Security Officer reflects the Tribe’s overall commitment to safety, security and risk management,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena.

Mr. Gomez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State Polytechnic University, is a graduate of the FBI Academy, as well as the Los Angeles Police Academy. He also completed national joint terrorism task-force training, executive management, intelligence officer and senior federal law enforcement official training at Quantico, Virginia. Over the last five years, Mr. Gomez has performed the role of Security Contributor for ABC News, contributing commentary and analysis for the network on security-related incidents world-wide.

He is the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service following the culmination of a major nationwide gang investigation.

Mr. Gomez will begin his service at San Manuel the week of August 26, 2019

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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San Manuel Department of Public Safety Helps Kick Off Pink Patch Project 2019

Highland, Calif. (Jun 26, 2019) - Yesterday, the San Manuel Department of Public Safety joined the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association (LACPCA) and public safety agencies across the country to kick off its Pink Patch Project program at The Rose Bowl.

San Manuel DPS
San Manuel DPS Captain Bill Nimmo and Senior Manager Brandon Jones join Pink Patch Project Chiefs in launching this year’s program.

The Pink Patch Project is an innovative campaign that aims to raise public awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to support research to find a cure. It is a collaborative effort between the LACPCA and nearly 400 participating public safety agencies.


Surgeon Katherine Schultz-Costello
City of Hope surgeon Katherine Schultz-Costello, D.O. addresses participating agencies about the significance of their support to raise breast cancer awareness.

Employees from the participating agencies will be wearing special pink versions of their department patches during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation within the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.

Rose Bowl Banners
The Rose Bowl displays a wall of pink patches and breast cancer awareness banners for the 2019 kick-off event

San Manuel DPS consists of nearly 400 employees that are responsible for the safety and security of Tribal citizens, their families, San Manuel’s nearly 5,000 employees and the many patrons who visit the San Manuel Indian Reservation every year. This is the second year San Manuel has participated, and is the first and only tribal agency to participate.

“San Manuel Public Safety Officers and Public Safety Assistants are some of our most visible team members, and their impact on the safety and well-being of our businesses and community is tremendous. For those who have ever been affected by breast cancer, seeing someone with the pink patch is impactful and says ‘You’re not alone. We stand with you,’” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena.

Valbuena added, “Our involvement with the Pink Patch Project is a reflection of the importance the Tribe places on working with other governments and agencies to address health and wellness. We are pleased to join first responders to demonstrate unified support to bringing awareness, help and healing to those affected by breast cancer.”

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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Toni Pepper Joins San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as Chief Information Technology Officer

Toni Pepper

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Highland, Calif.), April 22, 2019 – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that Toni Pepper has been tapped to take on the role of Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) and lead all information technology (IT) strategy and operations for San Manuel.

"Toni’s track record managing enterprise IT strategy makes her the right person to fill the role of CITO for San Manuel,” said Loren Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “She is a strong leader and business partner, whom I look forward to working closely with to continue driving San Manuel’s innovative IT initiatives.”

Pepper joins San Manuel with 22 years of experience in gaming and hospitality and has served as San Manuel’s interim CITO for the last nine months. In the CITO role, Pepper will provide vision and leadership to drive innovation, develop and implement IT initiatives for San Manuel. She will also be responsible for directing the planning and execution of enterprise IT solutions to provide the platform for scalable growth, improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and enterprise development.

"I look forward to leading the IT strategy alongside a great technology team for San Manuel,” said Toni Pepper, Chief Information Technology Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “I am thankful for the opportunity and excited to work closely with Loren and the rest of the team to implement technology initiatives that I anticipate will aid in propelling an overall growth for San Manuel.”

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

Media Contact: Kenneth Shoji
909-864-8933
Kshoji@sanmanuel-nsn.gov


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San Manuel Tribal Election Welcomes New Business Committee Members

Business Committee

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), April 10, 2019 – Newly elected Business Committee members were sworn in by San Manuel Tribal Court Chief Justice Claudette C. White as the tribal officers began their terms this week.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a sovereign nation with its own system of government. Tribal government consists of two governing bodies: a seven-member Business Committee and a General Council of all adult members 21 years and older. Members of the Business Committee are elected by the General Council every year with officers holding staggered positions in two year terms. As an elected body, the Business Committee is responsible for enforcing by-laws, establishing policies, protecting business interests and preserving the sovereignty of the Tribe.

Vincent Duro was re-elected to the office of Vice Chairman, marking his seventh term in this office and eighth term overall as a Business Committee member. In addition to his elected roles, Mr. Duro has served on several committees for the social and cultural betterment of the Tribe including the San Manuel Education Committee which oversees the San Manuel Education Department, and is a co-founder of the Tribal Unity and Cultural Awareness Program.

Kenneth Ramirez was re-elected to the office of Tribal Secretary marking his fifth term in this office. He serves on the San Manuel Education Committee and actively promotes access to healthcare and education through his work with Loma Linda University Health and is a member of the operating committee for First Nations Experience (FNX), the nation’s first Native American and World Indigenous Peoples television network.

Newly elected, Audrey Martinez previously served as a member of the San Manuel Business Committee, which included several terms as secretary and treasurer. During that period (1995-2011), the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians experienced unprecedented economic growth and governmental development. For over five years, she served as San Manuel’s representative to the board of directors of the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., and currently sits on the operating committee for FNX.

Jamie Barron was re-elected to the office of Business Committee Member-at-Large. Barron has been a dedicated long-standing member of the Business Committee for 10 terms. Over her three decades of service to San Manuel she has contributed to the development of the Tribe in many capacities. Her career began as a bingo-floor clerk before working in the Human Resources Department and then transitioning into governmental roles such as Business Committee member and appointed chairwoman of the Department of Health and Safety.

Among the priorities of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is establishing and maintaining strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with other governments and with partners across its aboriginal lands, which encompass the majority of present-day San Bernardino County. The Tribe is focused on positively affecting the greater community with its contributions to social and economic development for jobs and support for local businesses through the Tribe’s purchasing of goods and services.

Learn more about San Manuel’s Tribal government and charitable giving program here.

About The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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San Manuel Names New CEO

Loren Gill

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Highland, Calif.), (March 22, 2019) –The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today announced it has named Loren Gill as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jerry Peresa who was named CEO Emeritus in September 2018. Since joining San Manuel Casino as General Manager in 2015, Gill has led the Casino through unprecedented, sustained growth. In his new role, he will be responsible for overall leadership and strategic operations for San Manuel Tribal Government Operations as well as San Manuel Casino.

"Loren exemplifies the Tribe's vision, mission and values and is committed to further unifying San Manuel across the enterprise," said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “While his long career in the gaming industry speaks to his expertise in casino management, it is his passion for and commitment to the Tribe that make him the right person to lead our Tribal Government Operations and Casino enterprises.”

Gill has played a key leadership role both for San Manuel Casino and in the transition of the Tribal Government Operations as a member of the Interim Office of the CEO. In both roles, Gill was the key lead of the Yaamava’ expansion project, which will ultimately usher the Tribe toward a brighter future and extend San Manuel Casino’s position as one of the top entertainment destinations in Southern California.

"I am honored to serve in this important role and for the opportunity to work even closer with the Tribe to create a brighter future for San Manuel," said Loren Gill, Chief Executive Officer of San Manuel. "The Tribe is very special to me, and I am grateful to contribute in my new role to an organization that has done so much to help others."

With Gill’s appointment, Peter Arceo has been named Interim General Manager of San Manuel Casino until the role is filled, with an internal and external talent search currently underway. As the Casino’s Chief Operating Officer since August 2018, and, prior to that, Chief Marketing Officer since 2015, Arceo has been instrumental to the Casino’s success.

“As excited as I am to serve in a new role as San Manuel CEO, I know the casino will continue to flourish with the current leadership team,” said Gill. “Peter is a great leader who embodies our core values, and I am looking forward to continue working with him and the rest of our executive leadership team to build a greater future, together.”

About The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

Media Contact: Kenneth Shoji
909-864-8933
Kshoji@sanmanuel-nsn.gov


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Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital receives $25 million gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Gift to Children's Hospital

Riverside, Calif. (February 22, 2019) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians gifted Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital $25 million on Thursday night at the 26th Annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala, held at the Riverside Convention Center.

Tribal Secretary Ken Ramirez, who presented the gift on behalf of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said this donation — the largest donation San Manuel has ever made — will forge an even stronger partnership with Loma Linda University Health to move the community forward in health and wellness.

“San Manuel is grateful for the compassion shown to our elders by Loma Linda University Health many decades ago,” Ramirez said. “We are excited about the new opportunities and lifesaving care that the new Children’s Hospital will offer to our shared community and loved ones.”

Scott Perryman, MBA, senior vice president and administrator of Children’s Hospital, expressed his gratitude for the tribe’s monumental gift.

“We enthusiastically join San Manuel in a commitment to improve healthcare in our community for generations to come,” Perryman said. “Their generosity will help us transform maternal care to the benefit of each mother and baby that Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital cares for.”

The fifth floor of Loma Linda University Health’s new adult acute care hospital and Children’s Hospital facility will be named the San Manuel Maternity Pavilion in honor of this landmark gift — the second largest gift ever given to Loma Linda University Health. This pavilion will allow Children’s Hospital to continue as the leader in high risk birth care in the region, with approximately 50 percent of births at the hospital being high risk.

“It was my honor and pleasure to announce the new San Manuel Maternity Pavilion,” said Kerry Heinrich, JD, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center. “We are overwhelmed by this incredible gift they’ve given us.”

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were also presented with the Discovery Lifetime Achievement Award, highlighting a partnership and evolving relationship between San Manuel and Loma Linda University Health for more than 100 years.

“The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Loma Linda University Health have shared a mission to enhance the health of children in our region informed by more than a century of friendship,” said Rachelle Bussell, MA, CFRE, senior vice president for advancement at Loma Linda University Health. “This most recent amazing gift reaffirms the confidence the San Manuel Tribe has in the vital work we do together to change lives.”

Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health, said this monumental gift will empower Loma Linda University Health to go forward into the future. “The coming years will bring monumental changes to Loma Linda University Health, both in the physical landscape and in the practice of health care,” Hart said. “San Manuel’s support will have a profound impact on the tiniest, most vulnerable patients from our communities. Loma Linda University Health is inspired by this trust.”

The Gala itself, themed “Passport to Healthy,” raised a staggering $1,638,570.

Funds raised will continue benefiting Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, which supports construction of the new Children’s Hospital tower.

About The San Manuel Band of 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 a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa' (Serrano word meaning “to act on one's beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.

About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 1,00 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faithbased health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”


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Mary’s Mercy Center Broke Ground on Mary’s Village

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Highland, Calif. (January 9, 2019) - Leadership from Mary’s Mercy Center, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, County of San Bernardino and City of San Bernardino celebrated the groundbreaking of Mary’s Village, the first transitional housing complex for men experiencing homelessness in San Bernardino.

During the ceremony, San Manuel Business Committee members presented a $7.3 million check to Mary’s Mercy Center leadership for the construction of Mary’s Village.

“In our early years, the Catholic church helped provide food and basic needs to our Tribe,” said San Manuel Secretary, Ken Ramirez. “It is an honor to continue our longstanding partnership with Mary’s Mercy Center to establish Mary’s Village, which will provide those same basic needs to the homeless male population in San Bernardino.”

With over 32 percent of residents in the City of San Bernardino living below the federal poverty line, this facility will serve approximately 100 homeless men in the central San Bernardino area. The groundbreaking marked the start of Phases I and II of Mary’s Village, which will be located at 256 S. Artesian Avenue in San Bernardino.

This four-phase comprehensive program is the first of its kind in the area that will provide short-term transitional housing, vocational education, job training, comprehensive case management and other customized services to change the path of homeless men from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

About Partnership Since the early 1990’s Mary’s Mercy Center has been providing high quality services to individuals experiencing homelessness in San Bernardino. In 1992, Mary’s Mercy Center (MMC) purchased its present facility for food provision and support services.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has supported Mary’s Mercy Center for several years. In 1993, MMC purchased an old convent that eventually became Veronica’s Home of Mercy in San Bernardino. San Manuel supported the construction of Veronica’s Home of Mercy, which provides housing and other supportive services for woman and their children experiencing homelessness. I San Manuel is proud to continue its partnership with Mary’s Mercy Center, an organization serving men in the region.

About the San Manuel Band of 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 a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa' (Serrano word meaning “to act on one's beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.


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San Manuel's Annual Toy Drive Benefits Local Youth and Charities, Jumpstarts the Holiday Season

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Highland, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2018) - San Manuel Casino, in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, recently concluded their Annual Toy Drive, which brought in more than 3,000 toys and $25,000 benefitting organizations that support local youth in the Inland Empire. From the beginning of November through early December, new, unwrapped toys were donated by casino guests, employees, and vendors for kids of all ages. The Toy Drive officially ended on December 5 with a celebration hosted by KOLA 99.9 at Rock & Brews inside San Manuel Casino. Guests enjoyed live music from Queen Nation, a Queen tribute band, and an additional 500 toys were donated.

“We feel honored to have once again brought joy to local families during the holiday season with our annual Toy Drive,” shared Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “We hope to have inspired our community to continue helping one another as we head into the new year.”

For the second year in a row, San Manuel donated several hundred toys to ABC 7’s Spark of Love Toy Drive on November 30, and presented the organization with a check for $25,000. Additionally, on December 7, San Manuel gifted more than 1,000 toys to the California Highway Patrol’s annual “CHiPs for Kids” toy drive.

San Manuel continued its partnership with the San Bernardino City Unified School District to identify families in need. Those families were invited to “Santa’s Pick A Toy Party” hosted at San Manuel Village on December 7. Parents were able to choose the perfect gift for their children from a selection of over 1,000 toys and San Manuel team members were available to help parents wrap their gifts. While parents shopped, fun activities were provided for kids, like a photo op with Santa, arts and crafts, and a cookie decorating station.

Given the immense success of this year’s Toy Drive San Manuel was able to spread the joy even further, donating the remaining toys to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital on Friday, December 14. To view images from the Annual Toy Drive, please visit this link here.

For additional information, follow San Manuel Casino on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

About San Manuel Casino San Manuel Casino is Southern California’s one-stop destination for entertainment and fun, located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. Millions of guests each year enjoy the most slots on the west coast, live poker and Vegas-style blackjack, high-limit gaming, incredible entertainment, sumptuous dining and a generous player’s reward program. Since 1986, players have received over $2 billion in cash, prizes and giveaways, making any visit to San Manuel an exciting and memorable experience. For more information on San Manuel Casino, visit www.SanManuel.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Supports American Red Cross California Wildfire Relief Efforts

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2018) - The recent Camp Fire burned more than 14,000 structures, killing nearly 100 with several hundred residents of Paradise and the surrounding communities unaccounted for. The American Red Cross has been on the ground in the area providing shelter, meals, health services and mental health counselors to the affected residents and their families.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $100,000 for Red Cross relief for those affected by California wildfires.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has been a partner with the American Red Cross for more than 15 years supporting local programs including local disaster response, recovery, preparedness education and life-saving CPR programs to our communities throughout San Bernardino County.

“Gifts like these will support the Red Cross help our neighbors who are facing the long road to recovery,” said Yevette Baysinger, executive director, American Red Cross serving San Bernardino County. “We are thankful for this generous gift and San Manuel’s continued commitment to help those in need.”

Free community awareness and preparedness courses are offered at the Red Cross. For more information on these courses as well as tutorials about being prepared and more information on the Be Red Cross Ready program, visit redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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San Manuel Casino Breaks Ground on Major Expansion

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Highland, Calif. (July 25, 2018) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today held a ceremony to officially begin its major expansion project through Yaamava', a celebratory event and groundbreaking ceremony. The expansion is set to include San Manuel Casino’s first onsite hotel, a world-class entertainment venue, and an array of state-of-the-art amenities, including new dining experiences, retail and event spaces, and more. This project is a major step forward for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the surrounding community that brings employment opportunities as well as enhanced entertainment experiences to our casino guests.

"We couldn't be more humbled and proud to start this new project, one that embodies the new growth and revitalization of Yaamava', meaning spring, a season that brings new life and boundless potential. This time of renewal is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the words of our ancestors to ‘'never forget who we are or where we came from,'" said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "In keeping with our core value of Unity, this project gains its success through the collaboration, dedication and commitment of all the San Manuel team members, patrons, community supporters, and construction partners."

"From construction to completion, this project will add a high volume of employment opportunities," said Jerry Paresa, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "Breaking ground today provides us with the opportunity to create more jobs that benefit the region." Yaamava', a groundbreaking ceremony, demonstrated how the casino plans to leverage its history of innovation and growth through the following:

  • Modern Luxury – Casino patrons will now have the added option of staying at the destination itself at the casino’s first onsite, luxury hotel.
  • Regional Economic Growth – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is among the top 10 private employers in San Bernardino County, currently supporting more than 4,900 employees and generating more than $1 billion in annual economic activity in the San Bernardino region; the San Manuel Casino expansion is set to add even more employment opportunities for the region
  • Elevated Entertainment – Visitors and guests will enjoy some of the world's best entertainment that rivals top destinations such as Las Vegas at San Manuel Casino’s new world-class entertainment venue.
  • Added Amenities – Upping the ante on its existing list of award-winning dining options and amenities, the expansion will provide enhanced experiences through its new dining venues, retail spaces and spa.
"Today we are taking 'all thrill' to the next level," said Loren Gill, General Manager, San Manuel Casino. "We are grateful that our guests have made San Manuel Casino a top entertainment destination in the region, and our team looks forward to providing a world-class experience as we continue to grow."


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$7 Million for Fire Stations, Equipment, and Services From Agreement Between SBCoFD and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has entered into a partnership with The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to assist with the cost of replacing two fire stations located within the City of San Bernardino. Beginning on July 1, 2018, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will donate a total of $7 million to provide a reciprocal exchange of fire, rescue, and emergency medical services from the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District over a 10-year period. Payment from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will be provided in two $3.5 million deposits; one payment in the 2018-2019 fiscal year and an additional payment in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

"Many of the fire stations in the City of San Bernardino were built as modular construction over 50 years ago with the intent to physically move the fire stations and reposition them to provide the best service possible," explains San Bernardino County Fire Assistant Chief Dan Munsey. "Over time, the modular fire stations were placed on permanent foundations leading to infrastructure problems, including subfloor failure, asbestos and black mold issues. This agreement will provide for two new replacement stations and will allow the district to avoid budgeting the millions of dollars that are required for the significant modifications that these stations need to ensure the safety of our firefighters."

As part of the agreement, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District will provide apparatus, repairs of engines and equipment, aerial truck response, fuel reduction, and joint training opportunities to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The agreement will better protect the public in both agency jurisdictions by expediting response times during emergency situations. Munsey continues, "If the reservation is impacted by any kind of emergency, the fire district will provide as much aid as it possibly can to mitigate the emergency. For example, if there is a vegetation fire transitioning from the National Forest down into tribal lands, the fire district would assist with incident command, as well as provide resources such as bulldozers, fire engines, and hand-crews without cost to the tribe."

Both agencies are pleased to work together to better protect the public by providing expedited response to day-to-day emergencies, as well as guard against the increasing emergency incidents within San Bernardino City.


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Laurens Vosloo is New Chief Financial Officer

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San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), June 18, 2018As of today, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Laurens Vosloo to the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Tribe. Mr. Vosloo, who served as CFO for San Manuel Casino since 2014, will serve as the top Financial Executive for all Tribal enterprises, including the casino.

"It is a tremendous advantage when we are able to fill the enterprise-wide CFO position with a professional who has a demonstrated record of success with the Tribe’s government gaming enterprise," said Jerry Paresa, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Over the past 4 years, Laurens has contributed significantly to the growth and development projects at the casino and will help guide the Tribe and its businesses to even greater heights. He brings a proven and highly successful record of leading multiple operational groups and engagement teams in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality, and audit industries.

"Laurens has been instrumental in helping me shepherd in a season of exponential growth for San Manuel Casino," said Loren Gill, General Manager of San Manuel Casino. "His financial acumen and strategic vision are invaluable, and I look forward to our continued partnership on future endeavors."

Prior to joining San Manuel Casino, Laurens Vosloo was executive director of finance for the Las Vegas Sands Corp., in Las Vegas, NV. He earned dual Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas in Accounting and Management and his Certified Public Accountant license in Nevada.


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San Manuel Tribal Elections: Business Committee Member Elected

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San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), June 12, 2018Newly elected Business Committee Member, Johnny Hernandez Jr., was sworn into office today by Chief Judge Claudette C. White, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Court.

Entering his first term as a member on the Business Committee, Hernandez has been contributing his time and talents to his Tribe for many years now. From lending his voice as a bird singer at numerous Native events, to coordinating the yearly Tribal Unity Retreat, Hernandez plays a vital role to the San Manuel community helping establish new efforts including the Cultural Awareness Working Group (CAWG) that works to perpetuate and share Serrano culture to tribal citizens, team members and the public at large.

"I recognize that the sacrifices and persistence of our elders who struggled to preserve our tribal sovereignty and culture make it possible for our tribal nation and government to exist today. I'm honored to help continue in this tradition by working with the San Manuel General Council and Business Committee to preserve what is precious to our people: our way of life, unique form of government and the culture within which all of these things are rooted," said Hernandez.

Among the priorities of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is establishing and maintaining strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with other governments and with partners across its aboriginal lands, which encompass the majority of present-day San Bernardino County. The Tribe is focused on positively affecting the greater community with its contributions to social and economic development for jobs and support for local businesses through the Tribe’s purchasing of goods and services.


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San Manuel Tribal Elections: Chairwoman and Treasurer Elected

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San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), April 17, 2018 Newly elected Business Committee members were sworn in by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as the new tribal officers began their new, two-year terms this week. Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena was elected by acclamation while Latisha Casas was elected to the office of Treasurer for the Tribe.

Entering her third consecutive term, Chairwoman Valbuena has been in tribal politics more than 40 years. She remains active in state and national Native American affairs over a career that began in 1974 with her first role as San Manuel Housing Commissioner providing oversight for the housing program on the reservation. Over the past 26 years, Lynn has held the positions of Chairwoman, Vice Chairwoman, and Secretary/Treasurer of the San Manuel Business Committee.

"I am humbled and honored that the people of San Manuel re-elected me as Chairwoman," said San Manuel Chairwoman Valbuena. "Our tribal government continues to move forward in positive directions while meeting the needs of our tribal citizens and providing good jobs and benefits for our 4,600 employees. Our Business Committee members are united in looking out for the best interests of the Tribe and working with the General Council to strengthen our government, community and economic developments that are essential to fulfilling the promise of self-reliance and sustainability for our Tribe well into the future."

In 2015, Valbuena was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame by the American Gaming Association (AGA). She has served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), a regional tribal organization in southern California established in 1995, since its inception 23 years ago. She is also a former trustee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, DC.

Lynn currently serves as a trustee for the Autry National Center based in Los Angeles, California, and is serving in her 23rd year as a delegate to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and her 18th year as a member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce California, Advisory Council. San Manuel was the first Tribe to join the Chamber and has maintained its membership since then. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Northern Arizona University Foundation, Flagstaff, Arizona. Valbuena served as secretary of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) for 14 years before retiring from the office in 2011. She also served as an officer for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.

Latisha Casas was first elected to the office of Treasurer on the Business Committee in 2012 and served two, two-year terms. She has served on the Tribe's Investment Board since it was created in 2008. A graduate of University of Redlands, Treasurer Casas will begin her third term as Treasurer to work on aligning the Tribe's long term investment goals and ongoing revenue generation to sustain San Manuel Tribal Government for generations to come.

"It is a high honor to be elected to the office of Treasurer by San Manuel Tribal Citizens. I made a promise to my grandmother when I was young that I would honor not only her sacrifices but also all those who came before. I made a commitment to be a contributing member of the San Manuel community," said San Manuel Treasurer Latisha Casas. "Therefore, I dedicated myself to furthering my education so I could contribute to my family and Tribe. I am here to serve the Tribe and aid in promoting and protecting our sovereignty and self-reliance. I look forward to working with the Business Committee and General Council on finalizing a plan that will protect the Tribe in perpetuity."

Among the priorities of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is establishing and maintaining strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with other governments and with partners across its aboriginal lands, which encompass the majority of present-day San Bernardino County. The Tribe is also focused on positively impacting the greater community with its contributions to social and economic development for jobs and support for local businesses through the Tribe's purchasing of goods and services.


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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians endorses James Ramos for California Assembly

San Manuel Indian Reservation, Calif. (March 15, 2018) The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today announced its full support and endorsement of the Tribe’s former tribal chairman James Ramos in his bid for the 40th Assembly District. If elected, Ramos would be the first Native American from a California Indian tribe elected to the State Legislature.

Ramos will focus his campaign on economic development, education and public safety -- issues critical to the residents in the 40th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands and San Bernardino, as well as most of Rancho Cucamonga and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Ramos, a Democrat, is in his second term serving the County’s Third District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. A community leader and business owner, Ramos is also a tribal cultural leader who maintains close ties and commitments to the Serrano tribal culture. James served two terms as San Manuel tribal chairman from 2008 to 2012.

Ramos holds leadership roles with several local, county and state organizations, including the Inland Valley Development Agency, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, the Con Fire Agency, the Local Agency Formation Commission, the California State Association of Counties, the National Association of Counties, Omnitrans, and the Native American Heritage Commission.


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Chief Judge of San Manuel Tribal Court is Veteran Jurist

 

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San Manuel Indian Reservation, (Near Highland, Calif.), January 25, 2018 The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that Judge Claudette C. White was sworn in and began her service as the San Manuel Tribal Court Chief Judge. Judge White is an enrolled member of the Quechan Indian Tribe of Winterhaven, Calif., where she served as chief judge for 11 years. During this period, she also served the trial and appellate courts as judge pro tem for a number of tribal nations in Arizona, including Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Tonto Apache Tribe, and the San Carlos Apache Tribe.


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San Manuel steps forward with $250,000 for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

 

  The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is supporting three non-profits to directly address the needs of displaced people and animals following storm flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that continues to impact the Texas gulf region.

 


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San Manuel to Fund Victoria Avenue Improvements

Tribe to work with the cities of Highland and San Bernardino on needed renovations

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Motorists driving on Victoria Avenue in Highland and San Bernardino will soon be seeing several street improvements as part of a $10.7 million road and storm drain improvement project funded by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
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San Bernardino Mayor, R .Cary Davis, presents a proclamation to the San Manuel Business Committee in recognition of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians gains in employment and economic impact.

 

2016 Study Shows San Manuel Economic Impact of More than $750 Million for San Bernardino County

 

  City of San Bernardino Mayor, R. Carey Davis, honored Tribe for job growth and contribution to San Bernardino economy

 

Over 2016, an analysis found that San Manuel produced an overall economic impact of $750 million for San Bernardino County. In 2016, San Manuel solidified their status as one of the largest employers in the Inland Empire by crossing the 4,000-employee threshold, with a majority of their employees coming from San Bernardino County.
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