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Toni Pepper Joins San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as Chief Information Technology Officer

Toni Pepper

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Highland, Calif.), April 22, 2019 – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that Toni Pepper has been tapped to take on the role of Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) and lead all information technology (IT) strategy and operations for San Manuel.

"Toni’s track record managing enterprise IT strategy makes her the right person to fill the role of CITO for San Manuel,” said Loren Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “She is a strong leader and business partner, whom I look forward to working closely with to continue driving San Manuel’s innovative IT initiatives.”

Pepper joins San Manuel with 22 years of experience in gaming and hospitality and has served as San Manuel’s interim CITO for the last nine months. In the CITO role, Pepper will provide vision and leadership to drive innovation, develop and implement IT initiatives for San Manuel. She will also be responsible for directing the planning and execution of enterprise IT solutions to provide the platform for scalable growth, improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and enterprise development.

"I look forward to leading the IT strategy alongside a great technology team for San Manuel,” said Toni Pepper, Chief Information Technology Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “I am thankful for the opportunity and excited to work closely with Loren and the rest of the team to implement technology initiatives that I anticipate will aid in propelling an overall growth for San Manuel.”

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

Media Contact: Kenneth Shoji
909-864-8933
Kshoji@sanmanuel-nsn.gov


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San Manuel Tribal Election Welcomes New Business Committee Members

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San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), April 10, 2019 – Newly elected Business Committee members were sworn in by San Manuel Tribal Court Chief Justice Claudette C. White as the tribal officers began their terms this week.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a sovereign nation with its own system of government. Tribal government consists of two governing bodies: a seven-member Business Committee and a General Council of all adult members 21 years and older. Members of the Business Committee are elected by the General Council every year with officers holding staggered positions in two year terms. As an elected body, the Business Committee is responsible for enforcing by-laws, establishing policies, protecting business interests and preserving the sovereignty of the Tribe.

Vincent Duro was re-elected to the office of Vice Chairman, marking his seventh term in this office and eighth term overall as a Business Committee member. In addition to his elected roles, Mr. Duro has served on several committees for the social and cultural betterment of the Tribe including the San Manuel Education Committee which oversees the San Manuel Education Department, and is a co-founder of the Tribal Unity and Cultural Awareness Program.

Kenneth Ramirez was re-elected to the office of Tribal Secretary marking his fifth term in this office. He serves on the San Manuel Education Committee and actively promotes access to healthcare and education through his work with Loma Linda University Health and is a member of the operating committee for First Nations Experience (FNX), the nation’s first Native American and World Indigenous Peoples television network.

Newly elected, Audrey Martinez previously served as a member of the San Manuel Business Committee, which included several terms as secretary and treasurer. During that period (1995-2011), the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians experienced unprecedented economic growth and governmental development. For over five years, she served as San Manuel’s representative to the board of directors of the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., and currently sits on the operating committee for FNX.

Jamie Barron was re-elected to the office of Business Committee Member-at-Large. Barron has been a dedicated long-standing member of the Business Committee for 10 terms. Over her three decades of service to San Manuel she has contributed to the development of the Tribe in many capacities. Her career began as a bingo-floor clerk before working in the Human Resources Department and then transitioning into governmental roles such as Business Committee member and appointed chairwoman of the Department of Health and Safety.

Among the priorities of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is establishing and maintaining strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with other governments and with partners across its aboriginal lands, which encompass the majority of present-day San Bernardino County. The Tribe is focused on positively affecting the greater community with its contributions to social and economic development for jobs and support for local businesses through the Tribe’s purchasing of goods and services.

Learn more about San Manuel’s Tribal government and charitable giving program here.

About The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.


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San Manuel Names New CEO

Loren Gill

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Highland, Calif.), (March 22, 2019) –The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today announced it has named Loren Gill as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jerry Peresa who was named CEO Emeritus in September 2018. Since joining San Manuel Casino as General Manager in 2015, Gill has led the Casino through unprecedented, sustained growth. In his new role, he will be responsible for overall leadership and strategic operations for San Manuel Tribal Government Operations as well as San Manuel Casino.

"Loren exemplifies the Tribe's vision, mission and values and is committed to further unifying San Manuel across the enterprise," said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “While his long career in the gaming industry speaks to his expertise in casino management, it is his passion for and commitment to the Tribe that make him the right person to lead our Tribal Government Operations and Casino enterprises.”

Gill has played a key leadership role both for San Manuel Casino and in the transition of the Tribal Government Operations as a member of the Interim Office of the CEO. In both roles, Gill was the key lead of the Yaamava’ expansion project, which will ultimately usher the Tribe toward a brighter future and extend San Manuel Casino’s position as one of the top entertainment destinations in Southern California.

"I am honored to serve in this important role and for the opportunity to work even closer with the Tribe to create a brighter future for San Manuel," said Loren Gill, Chief Executive Officer of San Manuel. "The Tribe is very special to me, and I am grateful to contribute in my new role to an organization that has done so much to help others."

With Gill’s appointment, Peter Arceo has been named Interim General Manager of San Manuel Casino until the role is filled, with an internal and external talent search currently underway. As the Casino’s Chief Operating Officer since August 2018, and, prior to that, Chief Marketing Officer since 2015, Arceo has been instrumental to the Casino’s success.

“As excited as I am to serve in a new role as San Manuel CEO, I know the casino will continue to flourish with the current leadership team,” said Gill. “Peter is a great leader who embodies our core values, and I am looking forward to continue working with him and the rest of our executive leadership team to build a greater future, together.”

About The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

Media Contact: Kenneth Shoji
909-864-8933
Kshoji@sanmanuel-nsn.gov


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Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital receives $25 million gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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Riverside, Calif. (February 22, 2019) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians gifted Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital $25 million on Thursday night at the 26th Annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala, held at the Riverside Convention Center.

Tribal Secretary Ken Ramirez, who presented the gift on behalf of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said this donation — the largest donation San Manuel has ever made — will forge an even stronger partnership with Loma Linda University Health to move the community forward in health and wellness.

“San Manuel is grateful for the compassion shown to our elders by Loma Linda University Health many decades ago,” Ramirez said. “We are excited about the new opportunities and lifesaving care that the new Children’s Hospital will offer to our shared community and loved ones.”

Scott Perryman, MBA, senior vice president and administrator of Children’s Hospital, expressed his gratitude for the tribe’s monumental gift.

“We enthusiastically join San Manuel in a commitment to improve healthcare in our community for generations to come,” Perryman said. “Their generosity will help us transform maternal care to the benefit of each mother and baby that Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital cares for.”

The fifth floor of Loma Linda University Health’s new adult acute care hospital and Children’s Hospital facility will be named the San Manuel Maternity Pavilion in honor of this landmark gift — the second largest gift ever given to Loma Linda University Health. This pavilion will allow 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 being high risk.

“It was my honor and pleasure to announce the new San Manuel Maternity Pavilion,” said Kerry Heinrich, JD, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center. “We are overwhelmed by this incredible gift they’ve given us.”

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were also presented with the Discovery Lifetime Achievement Award, highlighting a partnership and evolving relationship between San Manuel and Loma Linda University Health for more than 100 years.

“The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Loma Linda University Health have shared a mission to enhance the health of children in our region informed by more than a century of friendship,” said Rachelle Bussell, MA, CFRE, senior vice president for advancement at Loma Linda University Health. “This most recent amazing gift reaffirms the confidence the San Manuel Tribe has in the vital work we do together to change lives.”

Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health, said this monumental gift will empower Loma Linda University Health to go forward into the future. “The coming years will bring monumental changes to Loma Linda University Health, both in the physical landscape and in the practice of health care,” Hart said. “San Manuel’s support will have a profound impact on the tiniest, most vulnerable patients from our communities. Loma Linda University Health is inspired by this trust.”

The Gala itself, themed “Passport to Healthy,” raised a staggering $1,638,570.

Funds raised will continue benefiting Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, which supports construction of the new Children’s Hospital tower.

About The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa' (Serrano word meaning “to act on one's beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.

About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 1,00 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faithbased health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”


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Mary’s Mercy Center Broke Ground on Mary’s Village

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Highland, Calif. (January 9, 2019) - Leadership from Mary’s Mercy Center, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, County of San Bernardino and City of San Bernardino celebrated the groundbreaking of Mary’s Village, the first transitional housing complex for men experiencing homelessness in San Bernardino.

During the ceremony, San Manuel Business Committee members presented a $7.3 million check to Mary’s Mercy Center leadership for the construction of Mary’s Village.

“In our early years, the Catholic church helped provide food and basic needs to our Tribe,” said San Manuel Secretary, Ken Ramirez. “It is an honor to continue our longstanding partnership with Mary’s Mercy Center to establish Mary’s Village, which will provide those same basic needs to the homeless male population in San Bernardino.”

With over 32 percent of residents in the City of San Bernardino living below the federal poverty line, this facility will serve approximately 100 homeless men in the central San Bernardino area. The groundbreaking marked the start of Phases I and II of Mary’s Village, which will be located at 256 S. Artesian Avenue in San Bernardino.

This four-phase comprehensive program is the first of its kind in the area that will provide short-term transitional housing, vocational education, job training, comprehensive case management and other customized services to change the path of homeless men from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

About Partnership Since the early 1990’s Mary’s Mercy Center has been providing high quality services to individuals experiencing homelessness in San Bernardino. In 1992, Mary’s Mercy Center (MMC) purchased its present facility for food provision and support services.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has supported Mary’s Mercy Center for several years. In 1993, MMC purchased an old convent that eventually became Veronica’s Home of Mercy in San Bernardino. San Manuel supported the construction of Veronica’s Home of Mercy, which provides housing and other supportive services for woman and their children experiencing homelessness. I San Manuel is proud to continue its partnership with Mary’s Mercy Center, an organization serving men in the region.

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa' (Serrano word meaning “to act on one's beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.


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San Manuel's Annual Toy Drive Benefits Local Youth and Charities, Jumpstarts the Holiday Season

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Highland, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2018) - San Manuel Casino, in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, recently concluded their Annual Toy Drive, which brought in more than 3,000 toys and $25,000 benefitting organizations that support local youth in the Inland Empire. From the beginning of November through early December, new, unwrapped toys were donated by casino guests, employees, and vendors for kids of all ages. The Toy Drive officially ended on December 5 with a celebration hosted by KOLA 99.9 at Rock & Brews inside San Manuel Casino. Guests enjoyed live music from Queen Nation, a Queen tribute band, and an additional 500 toys were donated.

“We feel honored to have once again brought joy to local families during the holiday season with our annual Toy Drive,” shared Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “We hope to have inspired our community to continue helping one another as we head into the new year.”

For the second year in a row, San Manuel donated several hundred toys to ABC 7’s Spark of Love Toy Drive on November 30, and presented the organization with a check for $25,000. Additionally, on December 7, San Manuel gifted more than 1,000 toys to the California Highway Patrol’s annual “CHiPs for Kids” toy drive.

San Manuel continued its partnership with the San Bernardino City Unified School District to identify families in need. Those families were invited to “Santa’s Pick A Toy Party” hosted at San Manuel Village on December 7. Parents were able to choose the perfect gift for their children from a selection of over 1,000 toys and San Manuel team members were available to help parents wrap their gifts. While parents shopped, fun activities were provided for kids, like a photo op with Santa, arts and crafts, and a cookie decorating station.

Given the immense success of this year’s Toy Drive San Manuel was able to spread the joy even further, donating the remaining toys to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital on Friday, December 14. To view images from the Annual Toy Drive, please visit this link here.

For additional information, follow San Manuel Casino on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

About San Manuel Casino San Manuel Casino is Southern California’s one-stop destination for entertainment and fun, located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. Millions of guests each year enjoy the most slots on the west coast, live poker and Vegas-style blackjack, high-limit gaming, incredible entertainment, sumptuous dining and a generous player’s reward program. Since 1986, players have received over $2 billion in cash, prizes and giveaways, making any visit to San Manuel an exciting and memorable experience. For more information on San Manuel Casino, visit www.SanManuel.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Supports American Red Cross California Wildfire Relief Efforts

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2018) - The recent Camp Fire burned more than 14,000 structures, killing nearly 100 with several hundred residents of Paradise and the surrounding communities unaccounted for. The American Red Cross has been on the ground in the area providing shelter, meals, health services and mental health counselors to the affected residents and their families.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $100,000 for Red Cross relief for those affected by California wildfires.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has been a partner with the American Red Cross for more than 15 years supporting local programs including local disaster response, recovery, preparedness education and life-saving CPR programs to our communities throughout San Bernardino County.

“Gifts like these will support the Red Cross help our neighbors who are facing the long road to recovery,” said Yevette Baysinger, executive director, American Red Cross serving San Bernardino County. “We are thankful for this generous gift and San Manuel’s continued commitment to help those in need.”

Free community awareness and preparedness courses are offered at the Red Cross. For more information on these courses as well as tutorials about being prepared and more information on the Be Red Cross Ready program, visit redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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San Manuel Casino Breaks Ground on Major Expansion

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Highland, Calif. (July 25, 2018) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today held a ceremony to officially begin its major expansion project through Yaamava', a celebratory event and groundbreaking ceremony. The expansion is set to include San Manuel Casino’s first onsite hotel, a world-class entertainment venue, and an array of state-of-the-art amenities, including new dining experiences, retail and event spaces, and more. This project is a major step forward for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the surrounding community that brings employment opportunities as well as enhanced entertainment experiences to our casino guests.

"We couldn't be more humbled and proud to start this new project, one that embodies the new growth and revitalization of Yaamava', meaning spring, a season that brings new life and boundless potential. This time of renewal is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the words of our ancestors to ‘'never forget who we are or where we came from,'" said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "In keeping with our core value of Unity, this project gains its success through the collaboration, dedication and commitment of all the San Manuel team members, patrons, community supporters, and construction partners."

"From construction to completion, this project will add a high volume of employment opportunities," said Jerry Paresa, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "Breaking ground today provides us with the opportunity to create more jobs that benefit the region." Yaamava', a groundbreaking ceremony, demonstrated how the casino plans to leverage its history of innovation and growth through the following:

  • Modern Luxury – Casino patrons will now have the added option of staying at the destination itself at the casino’s first onsite, luxury hotel.
  • Regional Economic Growth – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is among the top 10 private employers in San Bernardino County, currently supporting more than 4,900 employees and generating more than $1 billion in annual economic activity in the San Bernardino region; the San Manuel Casino expansion is set to add even more employment opportunities for the region
  • Elevated Entertainment – Visitors and guests will enjoy some of the world's best entertainment that rivals top destinations such as Las Vegas at San Manuel Casino’s new world-class entertainment venue.
  • Added Amenities – Upping the ante on its existing list of award-winning dining options and amenities, the expansion will provide enhanced experiences through its new dining venues, retail spaces and spa.
"Today we are taking 'all thrill' to the next level," said Loren Gill, General Manager, San Manuel Casino. "We are grateful that our guests have made San Manuel Casino a top entertainment destination in the region, and our team looks forward to providing a world-class experience as we continue to grow."


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$7 Million for Fire Stations, Equipment, and Services From Agreement Between SBCoFD and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has entered into a partnership with The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to assist with the cost of replacing two fire stations located within the City of San Bernardino. Beginning on July 1, 2018, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will donate a total of $7 million to provide a reciprocal exchange of fire, rescue, and emergency medical services from the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District over a 10-year period. Payment from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will be provided in two $3.5 million deposits; one payment in the 2018-2019 fiscal year and an additional payment in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

"Many of the fire stations in the City of San Bernardino were built as modular construction over 50 years ago with the intent to physically move the fire stations and reposition them to provide the best service possible," explains San Bernardino County Fire Assistant Chief Dan Munsey. "Over time, the modular fire stations were placed on permanent foundations leading to infrastructure problems, including subfloor failure, asbestos and black mold issues. This agreement will provide for two new replacement stations and will allow the district to avoid budgeting the millions of dollars that are required for the significant modifications that these stations need to ensure the safety of our firefighters."

As part of the agreement, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District will provide apparatus, repairs of engines and equipment, aerial truck response, fuel reduction, and joint training opportunities to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The agreement will better protect the public in both agency jurisdictions by expediting response times during emergency situations. Munsey continues, "If the reservation is impacted by any kind of emergency, the fire district will provide as much aid as it possibly can to mitigate the emergency. For example, if there is a vegetation fire transitioning from the National Forest down into tribal lands, the fire district would assist with incident command, as well as provide resources such as bulldozers, fire engines, and hand-crews without cost to the tribe."

Both agencies are pleased to work together to better protect the public by providing expedited response to day-to-day emergencies, as well as guard against the increasing emergency incidents within San Bernardino City.


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Laurens Vosloo is New Chief Financial Officer

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San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), June 18, 2018As of today, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Laurens Vosloo to the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Tribe. Mr. Vosloo, who served as CFO for San Manuel Casino since 2014, will serve as the top Financial Executive for all Tribal enterprises, including the casino.

"It is a tremendous advantage when we are able to fill the enterprise-wide CFO position with a professional who has a demonstrated record of success with the Tribe’s government gaming enterprise," said Jerry Paresa, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Over the past 4 years, Laurens has contributed significantly to the growth and development projects at the casino and will help guide the Tribe and its businesses to even greater heights. He brings a proven and highly successful record of leading multiple operational groups and engagement teams in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality, and audit industries.

"Laurens has been instrumental in helping me shepherd in a season of exponential growth for San Manuel Casino," said Loren Gill, General Manager of San Manuel Casino. "His financial acumen and strategic vision are invaluable, and I look forward to our continued partnership on future endeavors."

Prior to joining San Manuel Casino, Laurens Vosloo was executive director of finance for the Las Vegas Sands Corp., in Las Vegas, NV. He earned dual Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas in Accounting and Management and his Certified Public Accountant license in Nevada.


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San Manuel Tribal Elections: Business Committee Member Elected

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San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), June 12, 2018Newly elected Business Committee Member, Johnny Hernandez Jr., was sworn into office today by Chief Judge Claudette C. White, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Court.

Entering his first term as a member on the Business Committee, Hernandez has been contributing his time and talents to his Tribe for many years now. From lending his voice as a bird singer at numerous Native events, to coordinating the yearly Tribal Unity Retreat, Hernandez plays a vital role to the San Manuel community helping establish new efforts including the Cultural Awareness Working Group (CAWG) that works to perpetuate and share Serrano culture to tribal citizens, team members and the public at large.

"I recognize that the sacrifices and persistence of our elders who struggled to preserve our tribal sovereignty and culture make it possible for our tribal nation and government to exist today. I'm honored to help continue in this tradition by working with the San Manuel General Council and Business Committee to preserve what is precious to our people: our way of life, unique form of government and the culture within which all of these things are rooted," said Hernandez.

Among the priorities of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is establishing and maintaining strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with other governments and with partners across its aboriginal lands, which encompass the majority of present-day San Bernardino County. The Tribe is focused on positively affecting the greater community with its contributions to social and economic development for jobs and support for local businesses through the Tribe’s purchasing of goods and services.


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San Manuel Tribal Elections: Chairwoman and Treasurer Elected

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San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.), April 17, 2018 Newly elected Business Committee members were sworn in by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as the new tribal officers began their new, two-year terms this week. Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena was elected by acclamation while Latisha Casas was elected to the office of Treasurer for the Tribe.

Entering her third consecutive term, Chairwoman Valbuena has been in tribal politics more than 40 years. She remains active in state and national Native American affairs over a career that began in 1974 with her first role as San Manuel Housing Commissioner providing oversight for the housing program on the reservation. Over the past 26 years, Lynn has held the positions of Chairwoman, Vice Chairwoman, and Secretary/Treasurer of the San Manuel Business Committee.

"I am humbled and honored that the people of San Manuel re-elected me as Chairwoman," said San Manuel Chairwoman Valbuena. "Our tribal government continues to move forward in positive directions while meeting the needs of our tribal citizens and providing good jobs and benefits for our 4,600 employees. Our Business Committee members are united in looking out for the best interests of the Tribe and working with the General Council to strengthen our government, community and economic developments that are essential to fulfilling the promise of self-reliance and sustainability for our Tribe well into the future."

In 2015, Valbuena was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame by the American Gaming Association (AGA). She has served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), a regional tribal organization in southern California established in 1995, since its inception 23 years ago. She is also a former trustee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, DC.

Lynn currently serves as a trustee for the Autry National Center based in Los Angeles, California, and is serving in her 23rd year as a delegate to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and her 18th year as a member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce California, Advisory Council. San Manuel was the first Tribe to join the Chamber and has maintained its membership since then. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Northern Arizona University Foundation, Flagstaff, Arizona. Valbuena served as secretary of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) for 14 years before retiring from the office in 2011. She also served as an officer for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.

Latisha Casas was first elected to the office of Treasurer on the Business Committee in 2012 and served two, two-year terms. She has served on the Tribe's Investment Board since it was created in 2008. A graduate of University of Redlands, Treasurer Casas will begin her third term as Treasurer to work on aligning the Tribe's long term investment goals and ongoing revenue generation to sustain San Manuel Tribal Government for generations to come.

"It is a high honor to be elected to the office of Treasurer by San Manuel Tribal Citizens. I made a promise to my grandmother when I was young that I would honor not only her sacrifices but also all those who came before. I made a commitment to be a contributing member of the San Manuel community," said San Manuel Treasurer Latisha Casas. "Therefore, I dedicated myself to furthering my education so I could contribute to my family and Tribe. I am here to serve the Tribe and aid in promoting and protecting our sovereignty and self-reliance. I look forward to working with the Business Committee and General Council on finalizing a plan that will protect the Tribe in perpetuity."

Among the priorities of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is establishing and maintaining strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with other governments and with partners across its aboriginal lands, which encompass the majority of present-day San Bernardino County. The Tribe is also focused on positively impacting the greater community with its contributions to social and economic development for jobs and support for local businesses through the Tribe's purchasing of goods and services.


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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians endorses James Ramos for California Assembly

San Manuel Indian Reservation, Calif. (March 15, 2018) The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today announced its full support and endorsement of the Tribe’s former tribal chairman James Ramos in his bid for the 40th Assembly District. If elected, Ramos would be the first Native American from a California Indian tribe elected to the State Legislature.

Ramos will focus his campaign on economic development, education and public safety -- issues critical to the residents in the 40th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands and San Bernardino, as well as most of Rancho Cucamonga and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Ramos, a Democrat, is in his second term serving the County’s Third District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. A community leader and business owner, Ramos is also a tribal cultural leader who maintains close ties and commitments to the Serrano tribal culture. James served two terms as San Manuel tribal chairman from 2008 to 2012.

Ramos holds leadership roles with several local, county and state organizations, including the Inland Valley Development Agency, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, the Con Fire Agency, the Local Agency Formation Commission, the California State Association of Counties, the National Association of Counties, Omnitrans, and the Native American Heritage Commission.


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Chief Judge of San Manuel Tribal Court is Veteran Jurist

 

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San Manuel Indian Reservation, (Near Highland, Calif.), January 25, 2018 The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that Judge Claudette C. White was sworn in and began her service as the San Manuel Tribal Court Chief Judge. Judge White is an enrolled member of the Quechan Indian Tribe of Winterhaven, Calif., where she served as chief judge for 11 years. During this period, she also served the trial and appellate courts as judge pro tem for a number of tribal nations in Arizona, including Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Tonto Apache Tribe, and the San Carlos Apache Tribe.


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San Manuel steps forward with $250,000 for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

 

  The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is supporting three non-profits to directly address the needs of displaced people and animals following storm flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that continues to impact the Texas gulf region.

 


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San Manuel to Fund Victoria Avenue Improvements

Tribe to work with the cities of Highland and San Bernardino on needed renovations

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Motorists driving on Victoria Avenue in Highland and San Bernardino will soon be seeing several street improvements as part of a $10.7 million road and storm drain improvement project funded by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
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San Bernardino Mayor, R .Cary Davis, presents a proclamation to the San Manuel Business Committee in recognition of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians gains in employment and economic impact.

 

2016 Study Shows San Manuel Economic Impact of More than $750 Million for San Bernardino County

 

  City of San Bernardino Mayor, R. Carey Davis, honored Tribe for job growth and contribution to San Bernardino economy

 

Over 2016, an analysis found that San Manuel produced an overall economic impact of $750 million for San Bernardino County. In 2016, San Manuel solidified their status as one of the largest employers in the Inland Empire by crossing the 4,000-employee threshold, with a majority of their employees coming from San Bernardino County.
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