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.
Collecting Toys for SoCal Families and Children
This past 2020 holiday season, we continued our toy drive traditions in hopes of bringing joy to children all across the southland. With many families experiencing financial hardships this year, toy drives are especially important.
Read more about our Annual Toy Drive
Claremont Graduate University
On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) announced one of the largest gifts in its nearly 100-year history—$14 million—from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. This historic donation will be used to purchase the Huntley Bookstore building at the heart of The Claremont Colleges and will establish the Yuhaaviatam Center for Health Studies.
Read more about the Claremont Graduate University Grant
Mary's Village Grand Opening
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 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 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. Other key stake holders spoke about what their contributions mean to San Bernardino and the hopes that it can be an inspiration to other cities facing issues with homelessness.
This four-phase project is the first of its kind and is a collaboration between Mary’s Mercy Center, Crestwood Communities, Southern California Edison and San Manuel Band Mission Indians.
Read more about the opening of Mary’s Village.
Los Angeles Marathon Corporate Champion Award
On March 8, over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 67 countries set out from Dodger Stadium to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Santa Monica, completing the historic LA Marathon.
Ninety-one of those finishers were team members and Tribal Citizens from San Manuel, earning them top spots in two categories of the marathon’s Corporate Challenge – first place in the “Fittest Company” category for having the largest team and third place in the “Fastest Company” category for having the top five best finishing times for both males and females.
Read more about the ‘Fittest Company‘
San Manuel Gateway
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians worked with Loma Linda University to create a new Covid-19 Health Screening Curriculum that is specifically designed to protect the community, guests, and employees.
Thanks to this recent development, San Manuel has been able to establish new positions to ensure casino guests and team members are healthy and safe.
Covid-19 Community Outreach
Covid-19 has impacted the livelihoods of so many. While our Tribal enterprises and Tribal government facilities were closed to the public, our San Manuel Tribal government and team members remained engaged with local nonprofit organizations serving those hardest hit by the pandemic.
The San Manuel Casino Culinary Team collectively provided more than 8,000 meals to the Highland Senior Center, Mary’s Mercy Shelter, and frontline healthcare workers at Loma Linda University Hospital and SAC Health Center.
The Tribe donated more than 80,000-lbs. of food and supplies that were distributed to thousands of families in need by our local Feeding America chapter. Additionally, we held a food drive for Family Services Association in Redlands and collected more than 3,000-lbs. of non-perishable food.
Our team members, friends, families, and residents of the immediate community not only made, but collected close to 3,000 cloth face coverings, which were donated to local nonprofits in need.
Additionally, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated 4,000 3-ply surgical face masks and 2,000 KN95 masks to local area hospitals, including Riverside-San Bernardino Indian Health, Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda University Children’s Health, and Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center.
And due to the pandemic and the severe shortage of blood, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians partnered with American Red Cross and LifeStream to host multiple blood drives, collecting more than 130 pints of blood.
Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
Indigenous languages are on the verge of extinction, and the remaining few surviving speakers are elderly.
The goal of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is to foster the restoration and revival of indigenous California languages so that they may again become a permanent part of living cultures in the state.
In February 2020, San Manuel granted funds that will support The Breath of Life Conference, which addresses specific language revitalization efforts for those tribes that have minimum or no fluent speakers.
The Breath of Life Program pairs linguists with California Indian language learners for a seven-day immersion at the University of California, Berkeley. The Advocates partner with the UC Berkeley Linguistics Department to coordinate archive tours and provide the majority of the instruction.
This has become a popular program for tribes that do not have the resources for language revitalization efforts.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians gifted $9 million to the William S. Boyd School of Law and the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in February 2020.
This gift – the largest out-of-state philanthropic gift – will position the university as the nation’s leading source of education and innovation related to Tribal gaming operations and 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.
For more information read the press release
2019 Breast Cancer Awareness
In October 2019, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino donated more than $500,000 to several nonprofit organizations in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles area to continue the fight against breast cancer.
San Manuel also hosted the very first Celebrating Courage Fashion Show at the Fox Event Center in Redlands. The fashion show featured breast cancer survivors and was followed by a live auction.
San Manuel then joined Stater Bros. Charities for the 12th Annual Believe Walk in downtown Redlands as a Hope Sponsor. More than 200 San Manuel team members, Tribal members and their families represented San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino at the event by walking in unity with thousands of people from across the Inland Empire.
And following a donation to the American Cancer Society, San Manuel Casino was the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Making Strides Walk in Los Angeles.
Read more about this event.
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians granted its largest donation ever – $25 million – in February 2019 to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
The funds will go to support the fifth floor of Loma Linda University Health’s new Adult Acute Care and Children’s Hospital, and will allow the 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 falling in this category.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have had a partnership and evolving relationship with Loma Linda University Health for more than 100 years, and this donation will forge an even stronger partnership with the Loma Linda University Health system to move the community forward in health and wellness.
Read more about this partnership.
Mary's Mercy Center
In January 2019, The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $7.3 million to Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino to aid in building Mary’s Village, an 11-acre facility which will provide transitional, supportive housing to 115 homeless men.
Program participants will receive housing with education and vocational-based training, mental health and substance abuse counseling, parenting classes, financial literacy, and courses on life skills. A combination of short-term (transitional housing) and long-term (permanent supportive) housing strategies will assist each participant in moving through stages of residential stability.
Read more about building Mary’s Village.