Two Native American tribes have jointly donated $600,000 to aid the victims of a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 14 people at a disabilities service center in San Bernardino, California, earlier this month.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Morongo Band of Mission Indians of Southern California made the donation to the San Bernardino United Relief Fund launched by the health and human services nonprofit Arrowhead United Way.
Lynn Valbuena, chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Photo courtesy San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
“This region of southern California is our home, our shared community,” Lynn Valbuena, chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said in a press release. “San Manuel and Morongo have joined together at this time to reach out to those impacted so our community might recover to a place of normalcy.”
On December 2, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at the Inland Regional Center killing 14 and injuring 22. Both were killed after a shootout with police.
James Ramos, former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, was elected Chairman of the Board of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors this year. Ramos is the first Native American elected to the position.