About the 4th Annual Forging Hope Awards
The Forging Hope Luncheon was established by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to recognize outstanding groups within the Inland Empire that are producing deep and significant impacts within the community. The Tribe selects organizations within their four philanthropic focus areas – economic development, health, education, and special projects - and recognizes them with the Yawa’ Award. This award is a special recognition to those non-profit, charitable organizations that embody the Serrano concept of Yawa’ and demonstrate their beliefs through their actions. Attendance to the annual event is by invitation only..
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as sovereign nation with the right of self- government. Despite challenges and hardships, the San Manuel tribal community has continued to progressively maintain and enhance its unique form of governance - focusing all efforts on providing a better quality of life for its citizens.
Through economic diversification, both on and off the reservation, the tribe has been forward thinking in its efforts to build infrastructure, maintain civil services and promote social, economic, educational and cultural development. Today, the San Manuel tribalgovernment has created essential governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment and continues to pursue opportunities for future generations.