San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Community Center

For more than two decades, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has made generous contributions to nonprofits and government agencies to make a difference in their surrounding communities and Indian Country. Below are some highlights of our charitable giving efforts.

San Manuel’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament Raises $350K

San Manuel Golf Tournament donation

More than 750 golfers participated in the 22nd San Manuel Annual Golf Tournament, held recently in Orange County. The event benefitted seven nonprofit organizations from the Inland Empire as well as Native American organizations in Arizona and New Mexico, including Million Kids, Hopi Education Endowment Fund, Cruz Chacon Foundation, Mountain Meals on Wheels, Foothill Family Shelter, BLU Educational Foundation, and the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation.

The nonprofits were selected by San Manuel’s Strategic Philanthropy team and Tribal leadership. Each received $50,000.

“Thanks to generous support of our tournament participants, we are again funding Native American nonprofits with national reach, as well as groups focused on regional needs,” said San Manuel Tribal Secretary and Golf Committee Chair Audrey Martinez. “Together, we have raised more than $2 million to benefit 45 nonprofits over these last two decades through the San Manuel Golf Tournament.” 

This event is made possible by its participants, but especially the contributions of title sponsors Imagine This, Penta Construction, and the Las Vegas Raiders.  In addition, San Manuel welcomed their other sports partners from LA Galaxy, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, LAFC, and Los Angeles Dodgers to the tournament.

Read more about San Manuel’s Golf Tournament

San Manuel Maternity Pavilion at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Opens

SMIBC LLU Maternity Pavilion Ribbon Cutting

The San Manuel Maternity Pavilion at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital opened Monday, August 9, bringing expanded care to the region’s most vulnerable mothers and babies through state-of-the-art technology, private patient rooms, specially designed delivery rooms, and more. It was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, August 6.

The pavilion was made possible by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who announced a landmark gift of $25 million in 2019 to Loma Linda University Health to support the expansion of mother and baby services. 

Spanning the entire fifth floor of the new Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus, the new space includes 44 licensed OB beds, 11 labor and delivery rooms, three C-section rooms, and nine triage rooms. Patient rooms are private and filled with natural light from wall-to-wall windows.

“The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has a long history of commitment to the San Bernardino region’s health and well-being, and Loma Linda University Health is honored to actively partner in their efforts,” said Loma Linda University Health President Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPh. “The new San Manuel Maternity Pavilion celebrates more than 100 years of our joint efforts aimed at improving maternal and child health throughout the Inland Empire.”

“The San Manuel Maternity Pavilion is our commitment to future generations yet to be born here within our ancestral lands,” said Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Our Yawa’ (to act on one’s beliefs) calls on us to ensure that every child born here receives quality care for the best possible start in life and this partnership makes that possible.”

Read more about the newly opened San Manuel Maternity Pavilion.

Torres Martinez Health Clinic Opens

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians celebrated the grand opening of its new Torres Martinez Health Clinic on July 9, 2021. Emceed by Torres Martinez Tribal Vice Chairman Joseph Mireles, the celebration featured a blessing, speeches, bird singing, and a tour of the clinic

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians received a $1 million grant from SMBMI to support the construction of the clinic, which will integrate primary and behavioral health care as well as provide dental, optometry, pharmacy, and WIC services. Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health will oversee the clinic.

Riverside San Bernardino Indian Health provides culturally sensitive healthcare and promotes wellness. It operates seven clinics and one outreach office to a consortium of tribal governments. San Manuel has supported the organization since 2005 for various programs as well as clinic renovations and new construction projects.

Summer of Yawa’

SMBMI Donates To Make-A-Wish Foundation & A.T.L.A.S. Program

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino recently partnered with the Highland and San Bernardino communities as well as Tribal Citizens and team members to collect items for Make-a-Wish Foundation Orange County & Inland Empire and San Bernardino County Unified School District’s Access to Learning for All Students (A.T.L.A.S.) program.

More than 5,300 items will be donated to the two organizations, including 500 full-sized tubes of name-brand toothpaste, 300 full-sized deodorant sticks, 100 duffle bags, 100 lap desks, and more than 1,500 pairs of new socks. Other donations included board games, school supplies hygiene items, toys, journals, beanies, beach towels, and umbrellas.

Tribal Citizens, team members, and residents were encouraged to donate items July 7 through August 14. Team members could also donate through a payroll deduction program. Contributions could be dropped off Brightwater Senior Living in Highland, the Highland Chamber of Commerce, and Bear Springs Hotel in Highland. Additionally, a special drive-through collection event was held at San Manuel Village in Highland on August 7 and donations were accepted during games at San Manuel Stadium August 11-14.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Collaborates To Open Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Collaborates To Open Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Collaborates To Open Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park

Kids in San Bernardino now have a new exciting place to play thanks to a collaboration between the City of San Bernardino, LA Kings, LA Galaxy, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with KABOOM!—a national nonprofit dedicated to playspace equity. With COVID-19 restrictions easing, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling celebration of the new accessible playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park took place Saturday, May 22.

SMBMI contributed $200,000 to help make the project possible, along with additional contributions from the LA Kings, LA Galaxy, KABOOM!, and the City of San Bernardino.

“This new playground will bring children of all abilities together to play and laugh. To see children at play once again will be music to our hearts,” said City of San Bernardino Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Jim Tickemyr.

“The Spirit of Yawa’ – to act on one’s beliefs – inspires us to improve the quality of life here in our ancestral lands of San Bernardino,” said San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Offering children safe, enriching places to play and develop physically, socially, and emotionally will benefit our community far into the future.”

In January 2020, local kids contributed drawings of their dream playgrounds that were then used as inspiration for the Hudson Park playspace design, which features a climbing apparatus and logic games as well as accessibility features such as a wheelchair glider and ADA-compliant ramps and sidewalks.

Read more about the Collaboration to Open an Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park.