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 Golf Tournament Raises Over $400,000 for Nonprofits

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel combined their efforts for the annual San Manuel Golf Tournament in early August, which raised more than $400,00 for local and national nonprofits.

With contributions from Tribal leaders, vendors and community partners, eight nonprofit organizations received a hand up for their commitment to creating a better tomorrow in the community and Indian Country.

Four tribal and four local nonprofits were awarded $50,000, respectively, for their commitment to education, health, economic and community development.

“I continue to be in awe of the thoughtfulness and generosity of our sponsors and partners to continue San Manuel’s mission of supporting organizations that are truly the boots on the ground for making our world a better place,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Business Committee Secretary Audrey Martinez. “These eight nonprofits are dedicated to improving the lives of so many Native Americans as well as local communities, and we are proud to be in a position where we can help. The tournament is just one of the many ways San Manuel embodies a culture of giving back.”

With more than 1,200 participants in attendance over the weeklong tournament, this was the largest tournament ever to be hosted by San Manuel and Yaamava’.

Read more about the San Manuel Golf Tournament.

Iipay nation improvement project

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians granted $100,000 to the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel in support of an improvement project on their gathering grounds. Through the aide of this grant, the tribe was able to host their Annual Traditional Gathering on Aug. 6.

The Iipay Nation replaced 25 ramadas, as well as an awning for bird singing and dancing, as part of their Ellykwanan Maatayuum Improvement Project. The improved-upon gathering grounds were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held by Chairwoman Paipa and Gathering Committee.

While the gathering grounds will host year-round cultural activities, elder and youth events, and community meetings, the tribe opened the grounds with a softball match and horseshoe games during their Annual Traditional Gathering.

Summer of Yawa’ Raises More than $57,000 for nonprofits

Team members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel participated in the 2022 Summer of Yawa’ giving campaign to help raise over $57,000 for local nonprofits.  

Throughout July, team members were encouraged to donate to organizations that are making an impact in the community. Team member donations totaled $28,762 in the campaign, which were then matched dollar-for-dollar by the Tribe, bringing the total donations to $57,524. 

The nonprofits that were supported in the second annual Summer of Yawa’ were:

  • Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California: $14,079
  • Making Hope Happen Foundation: $5,420
  • San Bernardino Symphony Association: $3,555
  • Strong Hearted Native Women Coalition: $5,708

SMBMI Hosts Youth Soccer Clinic with LAFC

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians brought together local youth at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex for an opportunity to learn fundamental soccer skills from the Los Angeles Football Club on June 11, 2022. 

Over 60 children participated in various drills – like dribbling, penalty kicks and passing – as LAFC players and coaches assisted in the activities. The clinic ended with a scrimmage match between youth participants and LAFC players, as kids put their new-found skills to use against professional athletes. 

The youth soccer clinic highlighted the efforts by San Manuel to engage families in the community, while encouraging health and wellness for all age groups. 

SMBMI, LA Kings Host Hockey Camp for Sherman High School Students

The LA Kings—in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians—hosted Sherman High School students for a hockey camp to teach them the fundamentals of the sport from May 2-6, 2022.

Nineteen students from the off-reservation boarding high school for Native Americans were provided equipment during the five-day camp in Riverside and had the opportunity to learn from two-time Stanley Cup champion Jordan Nolan.

Nolan, who is member of the First Nations community and played five seasons for the Kings, provided instructions to the students, who were between the ages of 14 and 18. They learned the basics of hockey, as well as lessons on teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play as they took their first strides on the ice rink. Nolan is involved in the We Are All Kings Initiative, which helps bring inclusivity to the sport through different programs in the community.