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Pechanga offers help to fire evacuees

26 October 2007

PECHANGA INDIAN RESERVATION, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians today announced the following actions in response to the fire-related evacuations affecting North San Diego County and portions of Riverside County.

The Pechanga Tribe will be donating $100,000 to support fire relief efforts. The Pechanga Resort & Casino has given out more than 200 rooms each night on both Tuesday and Wednesday at no cost or discounted rates to families displaced by the fires and to accommodate firefighters.

Additionally, Pechanga Resort & Casino has opened our facilities to the Red Cross and has placed cots in eight meeting rooms and one ballroom to accommodate additional people displaced by the fires. All registered evacuees are receiving free meals.

Tribal officials have made arrangements to have emergency medical technicians and Indian Health Services (IHS) healthcare providers onsite to help any evacuees with medical conditions.

On Tuesday afternoon, members of the Pechanga Tribal Council personally delivered more than a dozen cases of water, soft drinks, snacks, and salads to the Red Cross shelter at the Temecula Valley High School.

Members of the Pechanga Tribe have also taken it upon themselves to support relief efforts. Tribal members have purchased clothing, games for children, toys, shoes, baby diapers, and other essential items for displaced families.

The Pechanga Tribe took similar actions when it accommodated several hundred people affected by the Southern California Fires of 2003.

"Pechanga has a history of helping in times of need," said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. "We do what we can to help our community."

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