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Gila River Indian Community partners with City of Tempe by quotes

Gila River Indian Community partners with Tempe

First-ever donation will fund community programs and Fire Department

TEMPE, Arizona – The Gila River Indian Community has graciously committed
to using some of its gaming revenue in 2006 to fund youth, health and
fire training programs in Tempe. Community representatives will present
a check to the city at the Tempe City Council’s Dec. 14 meeting.

Under Arizona law, Native American communities with casinos must
contribute 12 percent of gaming revenues each year to area non-profits
or government entities. This is the first time the Gila River Indian
Community has given money to the City of Tempe and Tempe-area charities.

“These grants underscore the very important partnership between the city
and the Gila River Indian Community,” Mayor Hugh Hallman said. “We share
the goal of working together to improve the safety and quality of life
of our citizens. My colleagues on the City Council and I sincerely
appreciate the support.”

The Tempe Early Childhood Literacy Initiative will receive $103,702 over
two years, while a donation of $24,900 will help the Tempe Fire
Department purchase fire training equipment and materials. In addition,
the Tempe Family YMCA will receive $30,000 for its Youth Wellness Center
and Tumbleweed Youth Center will receive $16,000 to fund a Tempe Youth
Resource Center Outreach Specialist.


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