Tribe seeks to alleviate effects of pandemic
Source: Jamul Indian Village of California
Photo: Erica M. Pinto, Chairwoman of Jamul Indian Village of California
January 5, 2021 (Jamul) - Today, the Jamul Indian Village of California (JIV or Tribe), owner and operator of Jamul Casino®, announced its 2020 year-end donations totaling $75,000 to local healthcare agencies, including $45,000 to Sharp Grossmont Hospital, $15,000 to Southern Indian Health Council, and $15,000 to Indian Health Council, Inc. JIV provided these year-end healthcare donations in addition to its annual fall philanthropy and community outreach campaigns, which included contributing more than $40,000 to non-profits for breast cancer research and awareness, veterans’ programs, and other local causes. These donations reflect JIV’s desire to give back to the community in impactful ways, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has particularly challenged front-line workers in the healthcare industry.
JIV’s donation recipients include:
- Sharp Grossmont Hospital: Offers innovative, cutting-edge medical care as East San Diego County’s largest healthcare facility, including one of the nation’s most technologically advanced emergency rooms. It is uniquely qualified to care for older adults as accredited by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
- Southern Indian Health Council (SIHC): Offers a comprehensive range of wellness, professional health care, dental, and social services to the members of SIHC’s tribal consortium consisting of Barona, Campo, Ewiiaapaayp, JIV, La Posta, Manzanita, and Viejas, as well as to the members of other tribes and non-tribal members.
- Indian Health Council, Inc. (IHC): Provides an array of health and wellness services and programs to the North San Diego County reservations of Inaja-Cosmit, La Jolla, Los Coyotes, Mesa Grande, Pala, Pauma, Rincon, San Pasqual, and Santa Ysabel.
Scott Evans, PharmD, MHA, Chief Executive Officer of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, stated, “We are incredibly grateful to Jamul Indian Village Tribe for their generous support of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The funds will go directly to support our efforts to care for our East County community and our caregivers as we continue to fight the pandemic.
An SIHC spokesperson commented that JIV’s “generous donation will be used by SIHC to provide additional support, services, and activities for the Indian Child Social Services Department to promote stability and security for American Indian children and families.” IHC will similarly use the JIV donations to support Native American children and families and its Chief Executive Officer Orvin Hanson stated, “We are very thankful for the Tribe’s generosity!”
JIV Chairwoman Erica M. Pinto stated, “As we reflect on the past year, the Tribe wanted to give back to those who have been impacted by COVID-19. We are donating these funds to honor the courage and resilience of our front-line healthcare workers and to support the children and families who are suffering as a result of the pandemic. We are truly grateful for the extraordinary and tireless efforts of each of these organizations and their workers.”
About Jamul Indian Village of California (JIV or Tribe)
JIV is one of 13 federally recognized tribes that are part of the Kumeyaay Nation, with roots in east San Diego County going back 12,000 years. The Tribe uses revenue and resources from Jamul Casino to fund educational opportunities, health care, and housing initiatives for its members, and projects that benefit the surrounding community, through a tribal-state gaming compact with the State of California signed in 2016. For more information about JIV, please visit jamulindianvillage.com.
About Jamul Casino
Opened in 2016, the Jamul Casino is located in Jamul, California, San Diego County, and is owned and operated by Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC), a wholly owned enterprise of the Tribe. The $430 million, award-winning casino supports more than 1,000 permanent jobs in the region. For more information about Jamul Casino, please visit www.jamulcasinosd.com.