Rumsey Rancheria (Wintun or Yocha Dehe), California


The Rumsey Tribal Council has given $1 million to the University of California - Davis toward construction of the Center for the Arts and to fund the first endowed chair of the Department of Native American Studies. The gift, announced at the Center for the Arts' groundbreaking, provides $600,000 toward the performance hall's construction and $25,000 to support the UC Davis Presents school matinee program, school officials said. The center's grand lobby will bear the rancheria name. The center will feature an 1,800-seat performance hall with state-of-the-art technology and a studio theater for dance and choral performances, lectures and theater productions for audiences as large as 250. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2002. "Helping to ensure that cultural and performing arts remain an integral part of the fabric of this region is only one part of the equation," said Tribal Chairwoman Paula Lorenzo. "Being involved in an effort to further enhance the university's distinguished Native American studies department with emphasis on California Indian studies is a great honor for the tribe. "Past gifts benefited the medical center pediatrics department and the Native American Cultural Days and Pow Wow. The tribe operates Cache Creek Indian Bingo and Casino in western Yolo County.