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.

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
Health Training

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