The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have made a $3 million donation to the Loma Linda University Cancer Center to continue work on creation of a new, integrated medical oncology center and a biospecimen laboratory.
It is the largest single donation to the cancer center, which draws patients from all over the country. It is also the largest donation the San Manuels have made to the Loma Linda University complex.
"Tribal members were among the very first patients of Loma Linda University Medical Center when it opened in 1906," said Jacob Coin, a tribal spokesman.
"It was a very poor community who would have been grateful to anyone who provided services," Coin said. In those early days, LLUMC was the charitable donor, Coin said.
"But now the San Manuels are in a position to give back to the whole community," Coin said. "Since 2005, the tribe has donated $4.5million to various LLUMC projects, including this one, Coin said.
It's amazing what can be done by tribes that are honorable. Contrast that with, say Pechanga, who touts a donation of $25,000 to a school. And couple that with the theft of per capita payments of 25% of it's tribe, is there a choice between which casino you should support? San Manuel's late Pauline Murillo's PERSONAL donations are as much as Pechanga's corporate..