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Cocopah Indian Tribe donates to local charities

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe enlisted the help of the City of Yuma to donate a total of $13,724.50 to the Yuma Community Food Bank and Crossroads Mission.

This donation is in accordance with the State of Arizona Gaming Compact approved by voters under Prop 202 in November of 2002. Tribes must contribute a portion of gaming revenue to cities, towns and counties for services that benefit the general public including safety, mitigation of impacts of gaming, promotion of commerce and economic development.

This morning inside the City Hall Chambers, Yuma Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls, City Administrator Greg Wilkinson along with Barbara Rochester from the Crossroads Mission, and Mike Ivers with the YCFB and other representatives gathered for the check presentation. 

Cocopah Tribal Elder, Paul Soto presented both the Crossroads Mission and YCFB with symbolic jumbo checks for $6,862.25. The actual funds were given to the City of Yuma, which will then distribute the money to both charities.

Last week, Somerton’s Mayor accepted a check of $13,724.50 on behalf of the Tribe to benefit the Somerton Senior Center and youth programs.