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Two Native American tribes have donated $600,000 to the victims of December 2 San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack that left 14 dead and 22 wounded. Above, mourners embrace at a makeshift memorial for the victims.

Native American Tribes Donate $600,000 to Terrorist Attack Victims

Simon Moya-Smith

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.

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tmsyr11's picture
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
At least now, most people can now acknowledge this was a "terrorist attack" and not some form of holiday violence or grievance or random gun violence.

Sandra Koenig
Sandra Koenig
Submitted by Sandra Koenig on
I have so much respect for the tribes here in the Inland Empire. Every time you turn around, you hear of something San Manuel or Morongo have done for the community. It is so heartening to see all that they do. San Bernardino city is in bankruptcy, but San Manuel, our neighbor, is a light for us to look toward. They are always there when there is a need. Kudos, thanks, and much honor to them.