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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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Lighting of ‘The Arrowhead’ in Remembrance of Dec. 2 Tragedy

 

  San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Will Light-Up the Iconic Landmark for 14 Days To Memorialize Those Lives Lost a Year Ago

 

For the first time, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will light up The Arrowhead in memory and tribute to the 14 lives lost in the December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino one year ago. The iconic Arrowhead is a natural formation on the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains that can be seen for miles throughout the valley. The brilliant lighting of the Arrowhead formation will stand as a memorial to each life lost on December 2 and a symbol of solidarity and hope for this proud and strong community.
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San Manuel Inducted into 66ers Hall of Fame

 

 

Saturday, August 27 Game Begins with Recognition of Tribe as Community Leader

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will be inducted into the Inland Empire 66ers Hall of Fame on August 27 at 6:55 p.m. preceding the start of the 7:15 p.m. game.The Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to honor individuals and organizations making positive contributions to the Inland Empire through philanthropy, volunteerism and community leadership and includes notable professional baseball players with connections to the region such as Ken Hubbs and Alvin Davis.
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena to be presented LifeStream’s Humanitarian of the Year Award

 

 

In recent years, the tribe has assisted LifeStream with the purchase of its newest, largest bloodmobile

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena has been named LifeStream blood bank’s Inland Empire Humanitarian of the Year for 2015.The award will be presented Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Riverside Convention Center during LifeStream’s 2016 Gift of Life Tribute, 10-Gallon Donor Celebration.“On behalf of San Manuel, I am proud and humbled to accept this honor,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Valbuena. “San Manuel takes great pride in its concern for overall community wellness and LifeStream is a natural partner for us to further those goals.”
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Legislative and policy veteran to join San Manuel as Legislative Director

 

Alva Johnson to Serve as Legislative Director

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is pleased to announce that Mr. Alva Johnson, a veteran California legislative and policy staffer with more than a decade of experience in Indian affairs and policy has joined the tribe as legislative director.
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Shea Family Charities, the J.F. Shea Company and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Announce Funding of Performing Arts Center at Aquinas HS

 

$10 Million in Donations Support 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign

A theater, band room, rehearsal space, scene shop, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound are just some of what students at Aquinas High School will experience in a new Performing Arts Center funded through generous grants from Shea Family Charities and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.In conjunction with its 60th Anniversary this year. Aquinas High School has initiated an Anniversary Capital Campaign to support the construction of the new music and theater facility. The campaign for the new performing arts center has been bolstered by contributions totaling $10 million from Shea Family Charities, the J F Shea Company and San Manuel.
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Inland Tribes Donate $600,000 To Assist Victims, Families of San Bernardino Attacks

 

San Manuel and Morongo Tribes Stand in Support of San Bernardino with Donation to Achieve Arrowhead United Way Fundraising Goal

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Morongo Band of Mission Indians have committed to contribute a combined $600,000 to aid victims and families impacted by the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Arrowhead United Way announced Monday.With the contribution by the two tribes, $1 million has been donated to the San Bernardino United Relief Fund created by the Arrowhead United Way to provide support for those affected by the Dec. 2 tragedy at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Host Native American Day Family Event

A celebration of generations at Cal State San Bernardino

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians invites the public to experience traditional music and dances from around California at a free family-friendly celebration at 6 p.m., Friday, September. 25th at Cal State San Bernardino.Attending children will make their own Clapper Sticks, rhythmic instruments that are traditional to central California tribes, and learn songs with the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the central Sierra Nevada region. Favorite foods such as fry bread will be available for purchase along with craft items from onsite vendors.
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Former Federal Law Enforcement Official Joins San Manuel Gaming Commission

Adam Torres to serve as Executive Director

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Highland, Calif.) August 26, 2015 — The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is pleased to announce that Mr. Adam Torres has accepted the position of Executive Director of the San Manuel Gaming Commission.
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Announces $5.6 Million Gift to Support Loma Linda Ronald Mcdonald House Expansion

Program Expanding to Provide Vital Resources to Meet the Critical Needs of ill Children and Their Families across Southern California

San Manuel Indian Nation, Calif. (May 18, 2015) - For nearly 20 years, the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House has been a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children throughout Southern California; keeping families close by and together during one of the most challenging times. In an effort to provide more families with stability and the resources to meet their basic needs, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has committed over $5 million to help more than double the size of the House. This gift will enable the House to break ground later this year.
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All Roads Lead to San Manuel for Loren Gill

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino Welcomes Mr. Gill to the Role of General Manager

San Manuel Indian Nation, Calif. (April 7, 2015) - San Manuel Indian & Bingo Casino announces today that Loren D. Gill joins the Casino as the new General Manager. Mr. Gill looks to further develop the Casino’s growing dedication to exceptional gaming entertainment to support the economic development of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Mr. Gill, who comes with 20 years of direct gaming management experience, most recently spent the last two years at Seneca Gaming Corporation’s Flagship resort in Niagara Falls NY.
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $850,000 to American Red Cross

Donation Supports National and Local Disaster Response and Preparedness Programs

San Bernardino, Calif. (April 6, 2015)  - The American Red Cross announced today that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has joined the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) at the $500,000 level. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has also donated and additional $350,000 to support free Red Cross community preparedness programs, and CPR/First Aid trainings for San Bernardino and Riverside county residents.
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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 seventh annual Forging Hope Breakfast

San Bernardino, Calif. (April 1, 2015) - Creating positive and meaningful change in the community is never easy but through strong partnerships with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, area and regional nonprofit organizations are making a significant difference in Southern California and across the nation. To recognize the amazing achievements its nonprofit partners have made in the last year, the tribe honored four organizations that embody and demonstrate the time-honored Serrano concept of Yawa’ – to manifest one’s beliefs through action – at the seventh annual Forging Hope Breakfast March 24 in San Bernardino.
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Redlands Bicycle Classic and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Partner to Present the 31st Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic April 8-12

Sponsorship to Bring New Events and Experiences to the 31st Year of the Classic

Redlands, Calif.(February 23, 2015) - The Redlands Bicycle Classic Committee and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are pleased to announce their partnership to present the 31st Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic. This event will be held April 8 - 12, 2015 in Redlands, CA and surrounding cities. The Classic has the distinction of being the first race on the 2015 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, a series of competitive cycling events held throughout the country during the course of approximately six months.
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FNX | First Nations Experience Television Network Receives $6 Million Gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

FNX’s 24/7 programming is PBS-compliant and includes everything from feature and short films, to documentaries, drama, series, comedy, lifestyle (health/cooking/gardening), sports, cultural, news/public affairs, nature programs, animation, and children’s shows

San Bernardino, Calif.(January 26, 2015) -  FNX | First Nations Experience, the first and only Public Television network in the United States dedicated to Native American and World Indigenous content, has received a second $6 Million gift of support from its Founding Partners, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
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Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health Unveils San Manuel Indian Health Clinic

 

Clinic’s health care services for Native Americans expands with $2 million grant from San Manuel

Grand Terrace, CA. (January 30, 2015) - With support from a $2 million grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians combined with contributions from other sources, Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. (RSBCIHI) unveiled today the San Manuel Indian Health Clinic. Tribal and organization officials and staff gathered for a traditional blessing and tours of the clinic including expanded space in the laboratory, pharmacy, dental and optometry clinics. The clinic, which was relocated from San Bernardino to Grand Terrace, will offer expanded health care services for the growing Native American Community of Riverside and San Bernardino counties beginning Feb. 2.
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$10 Million Gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Announced at Groundbreaking for Loma Linda University Health – San Bernardino Project

Through this partnership, San Manuel Gateway College will offer a number of health career certificate programs in nursing, medical, and dental assisting; phlebotomy; and medical insurance coding.

Loma Linda, Calif.(December 10, 2014) - A landmark $10 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians was announced today during groundbreaking ceremonies for Loma Linda University Health – San Bernardino, the new healthcare and educational initiative in downtown San Bernardino.
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Joins with Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California's Largest Card Clubs and Amaya to Offer Online Poker in California when Authorizing Legislation is Passed

Addition of San Manuel reflects "new day" where gaming interests must work together in order to finally pass online poker legislation in California.

Sacramento, Calif & Montreal (Nov. 11, 2014 ) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Amaya Gaming Group (TSX: AYA) announced today that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has agreed to join the existing business agreement between the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California's three largest card clubs - the Commerce Club, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino and the Bicycle Casino - and Amaya which owns and operates PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site.
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Claremont Graduate University Receives $4 Million Donation to Expand First-of-Its-Kind Native American Tribal Administration Program

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to present the university with the final installment of a $7.4 million contribution

San Manuel Indian Nation (May 27, 2014 ) - As part of a $4 million donation by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) will expand the San Manuel Tribal Administration Certificate Program adding another year of advanced courses.
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Elects Lynn Valbuena as Chairwoman

Term Begins April 15, 2014

San Manuel Indian Nation (April 15, 2014 ) - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced today that Lynn “Nay” Valbuena was elected to the Office of Chairwoman. Valbuena served as chairwoman of San Manuel from 1994 to 1996. From 2008 to 2012,she served as vice chairwoman. Valbuena has been active in state and national Native American. Download in PDF format.

 
 

iGaming Veteran Matthew Cullen Hired to Lead Interactive Initiatives

Cullen Will Oversee All interactive and Mobile Business Opportunities for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

San Manuel Indian Nation (April 15, 2014) -  The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians today announced that its digital development company, San Manuel Digital, LLC, has hired iGaming veteran Matthew Cullen as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Download in PDF format.

 
 

Nonprofits Honored for Embodying Beliefs,Positively Impacting Community

Nonprofits Honored for Embodying Beliefs,Positively Impacting Community

San Bernardino, Calif. (March 27, 2014) - The San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, 100 Mile Club, Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians and Silver Bullet Productions were the four nonprofits receiving San Manuel’s prestigious Yawa’ Award. Download in PDF format.

 
 

American Red Cross Disaster Relief

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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

School Program Dedication

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Relief

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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

Pediatric MRI Easier to Obtain

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 ... Download in PDF format.

 
 

Red Cross 10 Years of Partnership

Red Cross, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  Local tribe supports preparedness, relief efforts with $350k Donation – 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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

California State Board of Fire Services

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

Fifth Annual Forging Hope Luncheon

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Inland Empire non-profits celebrate “acting on beliefs” at fifth annual Forging Hope Luncheon San Bernardino, Calif. (March 28, 2013)— 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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

Redlands Bicycle Classic

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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

Paying It Forward

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

Museum of Latin American Art

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

Restored 1907 Schoolhouse Building

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

American Indian Changing Spirits

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

The 100 Mile Club

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

California Native American Day

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 Download in PDF format.

 
 

FNX TV Expands

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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

Cesar Chavez Memorial Statue

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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

San Manuel Stadium

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. Download in PDF format.

 
 

Fourth Annual Philanthropy Awards

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. Download in PDF format.