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.

SMBMI Donates $250,000 To Las Vegas Non-Profits This Holiday Season

On December 21, 2020, The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $250,000 to meet urgent needs of key Las Vegas nonprofits.

The Las Vegas economy, which relies heavily on travel and tourism, has been severely impacted by the COVID crisis, with additional layoffs anticipated. Unemployment in Nevada is nearly double the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7%.

The $250,000 went to support the following nonprofits:

  • The Public Education Foundation
  • The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
  • The Shade Tree Organization
  • Noah’s Animal House
  • Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada
  • Nevada Public Radio
  • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Read more about the $250,000 to Las Vegas Non-Profits.

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

SMBMI Youth Committee Donation

SMBMI Youth Committee Donates Clothes & Toys

On December 1, 2020, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Youth Committee shipped over 36 boxes of warm winter clothing and toys for Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is located in South Dakota, where winter temperatures only reach a high of 30 degrees per day and dip even lower at night. The San Manuel Youth Committee’s response to the Tribe’s conditions prompted them to coordinate a clothing and toy drive throughout the entire month of November, amongst their own tribal community.

Since 1990, Cheyenne River has hosted its Annual Christmas Toy Drive as part of its Family Services Initiative, servicing much of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Similar to everyone around the world, the Tribe has remained resilient while enduring many obstacles throughout 2020 and most recently forged ahead with preparing safe curbside distributions for hundreds of families, in which Christmas gifts were delivered to approximately 1,000 children on Christmas Day.

“Our kids have missed out on so much this year,” says Cheyenne River parent Karen Ducheneaux. “We’ve asked them to sacrifice over and over, and they have. So many of our families are struggling even more than usual because of lost employment and stay-at-home orders. Knowing the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) is moving forward with its toy drive despite limitations, is a relief to so many parents. Many families may not have presents to give their children without the work of CRYP and the generosity of its donors, like San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. As a parent, I am so grateful.”

Claremont Graduate University

Check presentation - Ken Ramirez, Johnny Hernandez, Len Jessup

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.