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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.

Gila River Indian Community Tribe donates to Mesa children’s group by quotes

Tribe donates to Mesa children’s group

Executive Director of the East Valley Child Crisis Center (EVCCC) Chris Scarpati accepted a grant from the Gila River Indian Community’s Chief of Staff Greg Mendoza at last night’s City Council meeting.

The grant, totaling $225,000 over three years, will be used to help construct a Family Resource Center/Children’s Behavioral Health Expansion building at 805 N. Country Club Dr.  The new building will increase the EVCCC’s capacity to bring two children’s programs together in one location.  The new center will allow the EVCCC to boost its services and clients by 50% by 2012.

“We are extremely grateful to have the tribe’s involvement as we reach out to serve more families,” said Scarpati.  “This partnership will be an enormous benefit to those we serve.”

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is a primary prevention program provider that promotes the well being of our community through the provision of voluntary services designed to keep children and families healthy and self-sufficient.

Proposition 202, passed by Arizona voters in Nov. 2002 allowed for new gaming compacts between the State of Arizona and 17 Arizona tribal governments.  Of the state shared revenue generated from these compacts, 12% can be retained by the Indian Community/Nation and distributed directly to local governments to benefit the general public.  Local non-profit organizations, such as the Child Crisis Center are allowed to access this grant funding if they secure an endorsement from their local government.  The City of Mesa was pleased to support the Child Crisis Center in this effort.