Yavapai-Apaches comes to aid of evacuated California tribe

The Yavapai-Apache Nation has offered its assistance to the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians in North County, Calif.

The Santa Ysabel reservation has been evacuated due to the intense wildfires burning near their reservation in California.

The Yavapai-Apache Nation first established its relationship with the Santa Ysabel tribe more than three years ago, when the Nation offered its assistance in developing a joint partnership with the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians on the development of the Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino.

The casino development opened its doors for business in April of this year.

The gaming venture was made possible for Santa Ysabel through the partnership and support of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

The Nation will provide the California tribe with transportation from San Diego to the Verde Valley, lodging, food, beverage, and other daily necessities as required.

Additionally, the Nation is coordinating its efforts with other California tribes to provide emergency support to the Santa Ysabel reservation for tribal members who requested to evacuate independently.

Yavapai-Apache Nation Chairman Thomas Beauty said, "We have an extremely close relationship with the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians.

"They are part of our extended family and it is our duty to see them to safety and to ensure that our new relations are taken care of during this crisis period in their homelands."

The Santa Ysabel Band of Digueno Mission Indians boarded a chartered bus from Los Angeles on Oct. 24 and arrived at the Yavapai-Apache Nation on Oct. 25.

"This opportunity to help Santa Ysabel is just another example of the tribes helping tribes thinking in Indian country.

"Not only is the Nation taking responsibility, but we have also engaged other tribes and agencies who are going to assist in providing emergency relief to the Santa Ysabel reservation. After hearing the request for assistance from the Santa Ysabel Chairman Johnny Hernandez, the Nation's departments and programs immediately pulled together to develop a plan to evacuate tribal members while at the same time providing them with a safe place to temporarily call home." said Chairman Beauty.

For additional information on the Yavapai-Apache Nation, visit the Web at www.yavapai-apache.org.

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