Tribe donates $50,000 to Red Cross
The Chachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts to the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan and to the Midwestern United States devastated by recent tornados.
Tribal Chairman Wayne Mitchum Jr. said in a statement: "The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community embody a sense of community and charity and strive to be good neighbors to all. ... We, as a people, have the opportunity to help the less fortunate in this time of need, to not only be good local neighbors, but be helpful to the community at large. The Colusa Indian Community sends their sincerest thoughts and best wishes during these times."
"It was a collective effort (getting the money together). We were well aware of the disaster going on in the Philippines. We have a lot of patrons who come from there. It kind of hit home, and there was a lot in the news, and then the tornadoes hit at the same time. It was just an awareness thing," said Ambar Mohammed, executive affairs manager for the Colusa Indian Community Council.
"We've actually had a charitable donation program for years. So, that's where the money comes from," Mohammed said.
Representatives from the American Red Cross will meet Mitchum at the Colusa Indian Community's Cachil Dehe Village Complex to receive the tribe's donations at 11 a.m. today.