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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Elects Lynn Valbuena as Chairwoman
San Manuel Indian Reservation (Highland, Calif.) — April 15, 2014
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that Lynn "Nay" Valbuena was elected to the Office of Chairwoman.
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IGaming Veteran Matthew Cullen Hired to Lead Interactive Initiatives
San Manuel Indian Nation (Highland, Calif.) — April 9, 2014
Cullen Will Oversee All interactive and Mobile Business Opportunities for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
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Nonprofits Honored for Embodying Beliefs, Positively Impacting Community
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and nonprofit partners celebrate “acting on beliefs” at sixth annual Forging Hope Breakfast
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San Manuel Pow Wow Committee Announces October 10, 11 and 12 for
Annual Celebration

Thousands of attendees from throughout North America expected to celebrate Native American cultural traditions at California State University, San Bernardino
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $200,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Dec. 3, 2013 — The American Red Cross announced today that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $200,000 toward American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
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Native American Educators Dedicate School Program to
National Native American Holiday

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians commemorated Native American heritage with
Inland Empire elementary schools
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Southern California Native American Tribe Donates $1 Million to Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Relief
SAN MANUEL INDIAN RESERVATION, near San Bernardino, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2013) – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated a total of $1 million to help the people of the Philippines in the catastrophic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The American Red Cross and International Medical Corps will each receive $500,000 to assist with the humanitarian aid efforts.
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San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians Make Pediatric MRI Easier to Obtain
Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC) Foundation – Any grownup who’s had an MRI study knows how difficult it is to remain motionless for an hour or more inside the large and clanging, tunnel-shaped body scanner ...
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Red Cross, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership
Local tribe supports preparedness, relief efforts with $350k Donation
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The American Red Cross and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are celebrating 10 years of partnership by announcing a $350,000 donation to help the organization prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
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TRIBAL FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF APPOINTED TO CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF FIRE SERVICES
San Manuel Indian Reservation - July 16, 2013 Appointment outgrowth of cooperative efforts between San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and State to Safeguard Lives across California
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Beliefs, Cultures Join Forces to Benefit Community Bicycle Classic April 4-7
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Inland Empire non-profits celebrate “acting on beliefs” at fifth annual Forging Hope Luncheon
March 28, 2013 (SAN BERNARDINO, CA) — Making positive impacts in the community is never easy, but through strong partnerships with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, area non-profit organizations have made huge strides. From treating and educating at-risk youth in the Inland Empire to keeping families off the streets to spreading awareness of Native American culture, the tribe and its partners continue to make a difference in the community.
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Redlands Bicycle Classic and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Partner to Present the 29th Annual Redlands
Bicycle Classic April 4-7

Redlands, CA — The Redlands Bicycle Classic Committee and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are pleased to announce their partnership to present the 29th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic. This event will be held April 4 – 7, 2013 in Redlands, CA. The Classic also has the distinction of being the first race on the 2013 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar cycling series.
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Paying It Forward Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donates $50,000 to Family Service Association of Redlands to provide assistance to families, individuals in need
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Museum of Latin American Art Receives San Manuel Grant to Expand Educational Programs
The grant will allow the Museum to provide gallery tours, art workshops and lunch to Inland Empire schools at no cost, serving a total of over 600 students
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Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians to rededicate their restored 1907 schoolhouse building
The restoration was made possible by a generous grant of $200,000 from the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Supports American Indian Changing Spirits alcohol and drug recovery center
American Indian Changing Spirits, a 26-bed residential center was in danger of severely cutting services due to recent Los Angeles County funding cuts
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San Manuel donates funds to Corona non-profit for childhood fitness program
The 100 Mile Club®, a Corona-based non-profit organization is focused on physical fitness and life skills for children
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Southern California Draws 500 Native Dancers, Drummers and Artisans from Across North America for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Pow Wow
Native Americans to celebrate Indian traditions and compete for $250,000 in prizes
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Hundreds of Area Students, Teachers Immerse Themselves in
California Native American Culture

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians celebrated California Native American Day with the 14th annual California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference
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FNX TV expands with Verizon FiOS channel 471
Donation to Latino Group Will Honor Farm Workers Leader
San Bernardino, Calif. – FNX: First Nations Experience Television announced today that it is expanding its viewing audience through the addition of Channel 471 on Verizon’s FiOS network which currently reaches approximately 1.2 million homes in Southern California.
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SAN MANUEL SUPPORTS MONUMENT TO CESAR CHAVEZ
Donation to Latino Group Will Honor Farm Workers Leader
San Bernardino, Calif. March 29, 2012 – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today announced a contribution to the Latino Network for the Cesar Chavez Memorial Statue in the city of Riverside. The project will include a monument in honor of the spirit, work and leadership of the late Cesar Estrada Chavez.
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INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS BALLPARK RENAMED SAN MANUEL STADIUM
Angels Affiliate and American Indian Tribe Pledge Community Partnership
San Bernardino, Calif. March 28, 2012 – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Inland Empire 66ers unveiled the new name for the home of baseball in the Inland Empire, San Manuel Stadium. New stadium and freeway signs were on display for the first time today giving the public a preview of the new look for the 66ers home ballpark before the home opener Thursday, April 12th.
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SAN MANUEL HOLDS FOURTH ANNUAL PHILANTHROPY AWARDS LUNCHEON
Event Drew Charities Together to Honor Four Non-Profits Serving Indian Country and Southern California with Tribe’s Yawa’ Award
San Bernardino, Calif. March 27, 2012 – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians held its fourth annual Forging Hope Luncheon at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino today. The luncheon brought together non-profit groups from the greater philanthropic community for an awards ceremony at which the San Manuel’s signature Yawa’ Award was presented to four charities that have made positive and meaningful impacts in the region and across the nation.
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On the Reservation and Beyond
The White House honors Michael J. Smith, the fire chief for the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians.
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SAN MANUEL AND AREA NON-PROFITS SUPPORT EXTENDS INTO THE NEW YEAR
Tribe Forges Partnerships with Non-Profits to Address Immediate and
Future Needs of Region
San Manuel Indian Reservation (San Bernardino, Calif.) December 30, 2011
– As 2011 draws to a close, much of the Inland Empire region continues to face challenges of high unemployment and reductions in charitable giving. In response, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has directed its support to area non-profits with targeted outreach to make positive impacts for individuals and families into the New Year.
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NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATORS DEDICATE SCHOOL PROGRAM TO NATIVE AMERICAN NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Elementary Students, Parents and Teachers Share Histories and Cultures of Area Tribes
Yucaipa, Calif., and San Manuel Indian Nation (Highland Calif.)
– The annual California's First Cultures: A Celebration at Crafton Hills/Waa't will be held Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4. Each day starts at 9 a.m. on the campus of Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, Calif. The event is held in recognition of Native American Heritage Month and observance of the Native American Heritage Day on September 22.
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HISTORICAL NATIVE AMERICAN CHANNEL LAUNCHES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The first Native American TV channel in the United States went on the air September 25 with the launch of FNX: First Nations Experience Television. FNX is a new multimedia platform featuring authentic voices and stories reflecting the reality of the Native American experience and that of indigenous peoples worldwide. FNX is a 24/7 high definition (HD) multi-platform digital media vehicle created through a partnership between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and KVCR, a PBS member station located in California’s Inland Empire.

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NEW ENDOWED CHAIR IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES APPOINTED AT UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
Generous gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Provides Support for
Native American Studies at the University
REDLANDS, CA (August 10, 2011) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the University of Redlands are pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence Gross, Ph.D., as the new San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Endowed Chair in Native American Studies. Gross, who was selected after a national search, will officially start September 1.
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CALIFORNIA TRIBE HELPS RED CROSS AID MONTANA TRIBES AFFECTED BY FLOODING THROUGH MAJOR GIFT
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Makes $200,000 Donation to the American Red Cross of Montana to Aid Tribes Recovering from Floods
San Manuel Tribal Nation (Near Highland, Calif.) - June 28, 2011 - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that it has made a $200,000 charitable contribution to the American Red Cross of Montana for its ongoing relief efforts to assist American Indian communities, which have been directly affected by late spring flooding along the Little Bighorn and Missouri Rivers.
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SPORTSWATCH BAR & GRILL TO OPEN AT SAN MANUEL VILLAGE
Opening of Bar and Casual Dining Concept Restaurant Marks Full Tenancy for Tribally Developed Mixed-Use Facility
Highland, Calif. - June 13, 2011 - San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted the Highland Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the SportsWatch® Bar & Grill, a new addition to the business portfolio for the tribe. The ceremony precedes the Saturday, June 18, grand opening to the public at 11:00 a.m..
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SAN MANUEL VILLAGE COMMERCIAL AND HOSPITALITY CENTER
WELCOMES FIRST RESTAURANT

Mi Cocina Restaurant Grand Opening Heralds Year of Openings
and Events for Tribal Real Estate Development
Highland, Calif. - April 28, 2011 - Mi Cocina Mexican restaurant is relocating to San Manuel Village after serving Highland customers for 20 years. The family owned restaurant will host a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Highland Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 2 celebrating the occasion with local dignitaries, area businesses and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians tribal members. The opening marks a new phase in the development of the mixed use commercial, retail and hospitality center, following the 2008 opening of the Hampton Inn and Suites at San Manuel Village and upon reaching full tenancy of the San Manuel Village Corporate Center.
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SAN MANUEL HOLDS PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY LUNCHEON TO
HONOR NON-PROFITS WITH AWARDS AND DONATIONS

Tribe Uses Occasion to Announce $150,000 Donation to the Japan Natural Disaster
Relief
San Manuel Reservation (Highland, Calif.) March 29, 2011–The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians held its Third Annual Forging Hope Luncheon at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino to honor non-profits and community organizations. In his opening remarks, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James C. Ramos announced the Tribe will provide $100,000 to the American Red Cross - Inland Empire Chapter and $50,000 to the International Medical Corps for the ongoing relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan this month.
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Southern California Tribe Donates $3 Million to Battle Cancer
Loma Linda University Cancer Center Receives Unprecedented Gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Create a New Medical Oncology Center and Biospecimen Laboratory to Advance Cancer Care

LOMA LINDA, CA – February 8, 2011 – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Loma Linda University Medical Center are pleased to announce that a donation of $3 million has been made to Loma Linda University Cancer Center (LLUCC) for a new Medical Oncology Center and Biospecimen Laboratory. This major investment into improving the care delivered to patients with cancer is the first gift of its kind for the Tribe and is the product of extensive discussions between San Manuel and Loma Linda University Medical Center. This is the largest gift to date received by LLUCC.
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Biography of Pauline Murillo (Cahuilla/Serrano)
Elder of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians

In memorial (1934-2011)

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Highland, Calif.) – January 24, 2010 - Pauline, (known affectionately as Dimples) was born in 1934 on the San Manuel Reservation located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains; Pauline Murillo is a deeply respected Elder of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
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First California Native American
Appointed to the California State Board of Education

January 11, 2011, Sacramento, CA – The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is proud to announce the appointment of James Ramos, Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, to the California State Board of Education, by Governor Jerry Brown. Chairman Ramos is the first California Native American to be appointed to this Board.
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SAN MANUEL DONATES FUNDS, ROOMS FOR HIGHLAND NEIGHBORS
American Red Cross Assisting Displaced Residents after Floods

Highland, Calif. – December 27, 2010 – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians contributed $200,000 to the American Red Cross Inland Empire Chapter today to assist area residents with immediate disaster relief services. Recent heavy rains that caused flooding and mudslides impactedc more than 100 residences and prompted San Bernardino County and the State of California to issue disaster declarations.
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AMERICAN INDIAN LEADERS ATTEND TRIBAL NATIONS SUMMIT
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Pursues Critical American Indian Policy Issues
Washington, DC – December 16, 2010 – President Obama announced to a group of American Indian tribal leaders today that the United States will sign on to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The announcement was made during the opening session of the second Tribal Nations Summit hosted by the president attended by James Ramos, Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

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TRIBAL FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF BECOMES FIRST OFFICER IN INDIAN COUNTRY CERTIFIED AS CHIEF FIRE OFFICER BY STATE OF CALIFORNIA
San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near San Bernardino, Calif.) December 9, 2010– San Manuel Fire Chief Michael J. Smith became the first head of an Indian nation’s fire department to be certified as “California Chief Fire Officer” during a Thursday, December 9 ceremony conducted by the Acting California State Fire Marshal, Tonya Hoover
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KCET AND SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS AWARD LOCAL LEADERS AND BROADCAST SPECIAL PROGRAMMING IN HONOR OF AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH
LOS ANGELES—October 29, 2010 - As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and in celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, KCET has partnered with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to honor four extraordinary leaders from our local community in this very special inaugural awards ceremony.
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SAN MANUEL AND CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO SIGN LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES AGREEMENT
Mayor and Tribal Chairman Memorialize an Intergovernmental Agreement that will Maintain Law Enforcement Services for Neighbors of San Manuel Reservation
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DONATION ESTABLISHES THE NATION’S FIRST 24-HOUR NATIVE AMERICAN TV CHANNEL
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians provides $6 million to KVCR to launch a ground-breaking channel dedicated exclusively to Native American culture and history
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WORLD’S BEST GOLFERS FROM MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GAME COME TOGETHER AT NOTAH BEGAY III FOUNDATION CHALLENGE TO BENEFIT NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH
Begay, Oneida Indian Nation and San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians team up to continue fight against obesity and promote youth sports and wellness within Native American communities
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SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS DONATES $2.5 MILLION FOR CAREER TRAINING ACADEMY AT SHERMAN INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL
Unique Partnership Among Riverside County Office of Education, Sherman Indian High School, and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Establish
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SAN MANUEL DONATES $200,000 TO CRAFTON HILLS COLLEGE FOUNDATION TO ESTABLISH SANTOS MANUEL STUDENT SUCCESS PARTNERSHIP
New campus program aimed at strengthening student support services to help more than 700 disadvantaged students
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KVCR AND SAN MANUEL TO DEBUT DOCUMENTARY ON CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY OF RESISTANCE AND SURVIVALUAGE:
Four Part Television Series to Take Viewers through Stories of Struggle and Perseverance as Told by California Indians and Noted Historians)
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SAN MANUEL LAUNCHES ENHANCED CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM AND ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS AT ANNUAL FORGING HOPE EVENT
Tribe Bestows Inaugural Yawa’ Awards to Best-In-Class Charities and Announces $5.6 Million in New Gifts at Non-Profit Luncheon
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SAN MANUEL VICE CHAIRMWOMAN LYNN VALBUENA HONOREE OF WOMEN OF DISTINCTION LUNCHEON
Valbuena Selected by California Assemblyman Bill Emmerson in Recognition of Contributions to Greater San Bernardino Community
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CHAIRMAN JAMES RAMOS TO CONTINUE LEADERSHIP OF SAN MANUEL
Incumbents are re-elected to San Manuel Business Committee
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIBE DONATES $250,000 TO MEMORIALIZE NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Partners with the Riverside National Cemetery Memorial & Monuments Committee to Create and Erect Monument
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“FIRST PERSON COUNTED” IN THE 2010 CENSUS, GOES TO A RESPECTED ELDER OF THE SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS.
Ceremony takes place on March 5 in recognition of the contributions to the United States by American Indians and Alaska Natives
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SAN MANUEL BAND OF INDIANS DONATES $242,000 TO STOP THE VIOLENCE INCREASE THE PEACE FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE GANG PREVENTION SERVICES
The grant will focus on San Bernardino middle and high school students in an effort to prevent gang involvement and reverse the growing rates of high school drop-outs.
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SAN MANUEL PROVIDES FUNDS FOR ARIZONA TRIBES RECOVERING FROM WINTER STORMS
Southern California Tribe’s $100,000 Contribution to Bolster Emergency Relief Efforts of the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIBE PROVIDES $220,000 FOR NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES RAVAGED BY WINTER WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Partners with the American Red Cross to Create Tribal Nations Assistance Fund
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CALIFORNIA TRIBE STEPS FORWARD WITH $1,700,000 FOR HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORTS
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Designating Funds to Support the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Boarders
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SAN MANUEL GIVES $200,000 TO SBVC FOUNDATION TO FUND VALLEY-BOUND COMMITMENT IN 2010-2011
Gift Will Expand Valley-Bound Commitment That Provides First Year of College For Free
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SAN MANUEL BAND OF SERRANO MISSION INDIANS RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR SUPPORT OF LOCAL COLLEGES
Crafton Hills College Foundation and San Bernardino Valley College Foundation to Join Tribe in Nation’s Capital for Awards Ceremony
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TRIBAL DONATION TO BENEFIT INDIAN SCHOOL LOCATED ON SOBOBA RESERVATION
$100,000 Will Assist Noli Indian School with Purchase of Educational Materials and Supplies
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SAN MANUEL EXTENDS SUPPORT TO FAMILY OUTREACH ORGANIZATION
Chairman to Present $250,000 to Priscilla’s Helping Hands
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SAN MANUEL CELEBRATES OPENING OF TRIBAL COURT
First Formal Court System Established on Tribal Reservation
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CALIFORNIA TRIBES COME TOGETHER FOR CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICAN DAY CELEBRATION AND STUDENT CONFERENCE
State Holiday and Educational Initiative Credited as Setting the Stage for a National Native American Holiday
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In March 2000, Californians elected to secure Indian gaming in California when they approved Proposition 1A by a statewide 64 percent winning margin.

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