Japan topped the list of recipients for donations from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Highland, California this year as band chairman James Ramos announced a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross and $50,000 to the International Medical Corps for relief efforts in the ravaged nation.
“The people of Santos Manuel feel deep compassion for the people of Japan,” said Ramos in a statement at the band’s third annual Forging Hope luncheon to honor nonprofits and community organizations. “While their loss is nearly impossible to measure in human terms, we are confident that the nation of Japan and its people have the courage and resilience to get through this tragedy. We are pleased to join with the rest of the world in offering our assistance and our prayers.”
The band honored four nonprofit groups that have had “positive and meaningful impacts on the region and across the nation” with its Yawa’ award, which is Serrano for “the call to act on his or her beliefs,” the tribe’s release said. It also acknowledged other organizations that the tribe has contributed to over the year.
Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House of Loma Linda, California, the National Indian Justice Center of Santa Rosa, the American Indian Graduate Center of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Santa Claus Inc. of San Bernardino, all of California, were honored for work in health, economic development, education and special projects, respectively.
Over the previous year the tribe has donated $6 million dollars to KVCR Television of San Bernardino to support the implementation of the Native American Television channel project; $3 million to the Loma Linda University Cancer Center to benefit the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Medical Oncology Center & San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Biospecimen Laboratory; $200,000 to the Native American Rights Fund to support the Tribal Supreme Court Project; $192,012 to Noli Indian School on the Soboba Indian Reservation to help support Cultural, Science & Student Leadership Programs; and many others.