Pasqual Indian Reservation in Valley Center, CA., June
17, 2004 The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is continuing
its assistance to last fall's fire victims by donating one million
dollars to the San Diego chapter of Habitat for Humanity. It is
one of the largest donations the organization has ever received.
The donation will be used to build new homes for tribal elders
of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, who lost their residences
in last October's wild fires.
to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern California regional office,
more than a third of the 6,000 residents of Indian reservations
in North San Diego County were evacuated from their homes and more
than 125 houses were lost. Overall, nearly 30,000 acres of Indian
land were destroyed in the fire that engulfed the Riverside and
San Diego areas. Of those reservations, San Pasqual was the hardest
hit with approximately 70 homes destroyed and most of the reservation
burnt to the ground.
will start next week with more than 100 U.S. Navy sailors from the
U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, along with their families, volunteering in
a weeklong "blitz build."
is the second million-dollar contribution the Morongo tribe has
given to assist wildfire victims. The first donation was made last
fall to the Riverside chapter of the American Red Cross. In addition,
the tribe provided hot meals to thousands of fire victims sheltered
during the crisis.
a special ceremony, Habitat for Humanity and representatives from
Morongo will present a symbolic gift of Morongo blankets to the
first four families receiving new homes and will offer a Native
Tribal officials from the Morongo tribe; representatives from the
San Manuel tribe (which is also making a $1 million contribution
to Habitat); tribal members and leaders from the San Pasqual Band
of Mission Indians; more than 100 sailors from the U.S.S. Ronald
Reagan and their families; and representatives from San Diego Habitat
for Humanity will be in attendance for the ceremonial blessing.