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San Manuel, Morongo donations bring San Bernardino shooting victim fund to $1 million

The San Bernardino shooting memorial near the Inland Regional Center continues to expand on the sidewalk on the corner of Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino. Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer

SAN BERNARDINO >> A pair of six-figure donations from local tribes have pushed the fund for victims of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino over the $1 million mark.

Arrowhead United Way announced Monday that they’d received a combined contribution of $600,000 by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Morongo Band of Mission Indians to the San Bernardino United Relief Fund. That fund was created by the Arrowhead United Way and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

“This region of southern California is our home, our shared community. 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,” San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena is quoted as saying in the United Way news release. “As indigenous peoples of this region, our tribes are connected to this land, its peoples and are called upon to make this commitment to support our community as we heal together.”

“We are committed to helping bring solace and healing to the innocent victims and families of this heinous attack,” Tribal Chairman Robert Martin of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians is quoted as saying in the United Way release. “We grieve for those who were lost and injured, and we will stand strong with the San Bernardino community as our region works together to rebuild the lives shattered by this act of terrorism.”

The United Way’s original goal was to raise $700,000 for the San Bernardino United Fund. The fund had previously received a $100,000 check from Muslims United for San Bernardino, a mostly Muslim campaign launched by Pomona-based neurologist Dr. Faisal Qazi on behalf of the family-centered development organization MiNDS. Other large donations have come in from the Wells Fargo Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Union Pacific Railroad, Arrowhead Credit Union and the Arrowhead Family Medical Group. The United Way also raised more than $100,000 through a text message-based donations.

“Morongo’s contribution of $250,000 combined with $350,000 from San Manuel, will help tremendously during the long recovery period,” Doug Rowand, President/CEO of the Arrowhead United Way of San Bernardino, said in the news release. “We are extremely proud and honored to receive this pledge of support from San Manuel and Morongo. Together their commitment has allowed us to surpass our fundraising goal for the long-term recovery and well-being of survivors, their families, and others affected by this tragedy.”

For more information on the San Bernardino United Relief Fund, visit arrowheadunitedway.org. To donate, text “SBUNITED” to 71777 on mobile phones or send checks made out to “SBUNITED” to Arrowhead United Way, 646 North D Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401. Information, call 909-884-9441 or visit arrowheadunitedway.org.