Tribe gives $47,500-plus to schools, seniors

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The United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) has awarded more than $47,500 to Placer County community-based organizations, according to spokesman Doug Elmets. Among the organizations selected for funding are Lincoln Sober Grad Night, Lincoln High School Library, Seniors First, Placer Hills Education Foundation, Advocates for Mentally Ill Housing and Assistance League of Greater Placer. “The United Auburn Indian Community is proud to have the ability to invest in our local communities,” said its chairman, David Keyser. “All of the selected organizations were carefully identified by the UAIC Community Giving Fund. The Tribe hopes these donations can greatly enhance each organization’s ability to serve Placer County.” The community giving committee focuses its yearly grants on educational programs and social service organizations whose work significantly impacts struggling and underserved persons and families. More than $9 million in eight years has been awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting education, health, arts and humanities, environment, community development and social services needs, according to Elmets. The community-giving program is led by a committee of five tribal members and has been active since 2004. The United Auburn Indian Community owns and operates the Thunder Valley Casino Resort. ~ Staff report