Local Indian Tribes Give Back To Community
Two Sacramento area Indian tribes have announced their community giving for the second quarter of this year.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Neither the United Indian Auburn Community, operators of Thunder Valley Casino, nor the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians, operators of Cache Creek Casino, will reveal how much gambling revenue their tribes make.
But based on the community giving each tribe does each year, the profits appear to be substantial.
The United Auburn Indian Community donates more than a million dollars a year to local non-profits.
Tribal chairwoman Jessica Tavares says the money goes to organizations like the Salvation Army, which used to help tribe members when they were poor, before they had a casino:
A lot of these organizations, many of my members may have used to get some help or whatever, and they just feel good about giving back to those organizations.
The Rumsey Band of Cache Creek Casino recently donated 200 thousand dollars through its community fund, to several non-profits in Yolo County.
Community fund member Leland Kinter says the tribe wants to show its appreciation to its neighbors:
We’re grateful to be in a position not only to take care of ourselves, but to help others in the community.
Since its inception in 2000, the Rumsey Band’s Community Fund has donated more than 8 million dollars to non-profits in the area.