Chukchansi awards county grants

Although it's been about five months since the tribal representatives announced the recipients of the tribe's annual $1 million community grants to 31 county schools and organizations, as of Tuesday April 8, the tribe honored each pre-determined organization selected for this year’s grants with some much needed funding.

In a Jan. 9 letter to grant recipients, signed by Nancy Ayala and six other tribal leaders, grant winners were told the tribe has been involved in a legal dispute with some folks who are attempting to undermine the tribe's daily operations.

Despite those internal conflicts the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Tribal Council, headed by Acting Chairman Tex McDonald, awarded checks to the recipients of the Tribe’s Community Grant Program at an event set for the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.

“Since the opening of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, our Tribe is proud to have provided millions of dollars in help to deserving organizations all across Madera County,” said Acting Chairman McDonald. “We know what this year’s nearly $1 million in grants will mean to the recipients. We look forward to working with the County to ensure that this program continues to benefit the residents of Madera County.”

Recipients of the grants include:

*Positive Living Center/Community Outreach Center - $25,000

*Sierra Senior Society/Sierra Senior Center Repair & Improvement - $25,000

*Madera County Workforce Investment Corp/Computers/Madera County Workforce - $25,000

*Yosemite Sequoia Res. Con. & Dev. Council/Mountain Marijuana Clean-Up - $25,000

*Community Action Partnership of Madera Co./Victim Services Aftercare Program - $20,000

*Sierra Historic Sites Association/Fresno Flats Historical Village & Part Restoration - $25,000

*Veterans of Foreign Wars — Post 1981/Veterans of Foreign Wars — Post 1981 - $38,000

*American Legion — Post 110/American Legion Concession Trailer - $20,000

*Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno/St. Anne’s Chapel Capitol Improvements Project - $25,000

*Madera Rescue Mission/Madera Rescue Mission Transportation Needs - $30,000

*Spring Valley School/Spring Valley Elementary Classroom Computers - $27,000

*Madera County Library/Digitalization Project - Native American History $40,000

*Caring Veterans, Inc./Caring Veterans Storage Building & Forklift - $15,000

*Eastern Madera County SPCA/Eastern Madera County SPCA Compassion Fund - $50,000

*Comm. Action Partnership of Madera Co./Fairmead Community & Friends Work Truck - $34,000

*Minarets High School/Native American Cultural Center - $46,000

*Coarsegold Resource Conservation District/Kingsman Flat Wildlife Area Handicap Trail - $5,000

*Coarsegold Elementary/Computers for Kids - $60,000

*Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park/Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park - $25,000

*Golden Chain Theater/Golden Chain Theater - $31,000

*Madera County Film Commission/Madera County Film Commission - $25,000

*The Salvation Army/Madera Family Services and Military Center - $25,000

*Camarena Health/Panoramic X-Ray Machines - $31,000

*Children’s Museum of the Sierra/Tech Update Program - $30,000

*Chowchilla Union High School/CUHS Redskin Band Revitalization Project $10,000

*Coarsegold Elementary School/Summer Language & Cultural Program - $49,000

*Economic Development Corp of Madera City/Work Where You Play - $25,000

*Wild Wonderful Women/Pawsitiviley Full Food Bank - $35,000

*Oak Creek Middle School/Oak Creek Middle School - $26,666

*Manna House/Manna House - $26,667

*Yosemite Unified School District/Yosemite Unified School District - $26,667

The grants are offered as part of a 10-year agreement between Madera County and the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, which provides $1 million in grants annually throughout Madera County.