The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has offered to give $1 million in new funding to Solano County to promote healthy outcomes and help families in need.
The county’s board of supervisors is set to consider an intergovernmental agreement with the tribe on Oct. 3.
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is a sovereign Native American government whose ancestral territory extends across what is known today as Solano County. The nation owns and operates Cache Creek Casino Resort in nearby Yolo County.
The tribe has a history of supporting a variety of nonprofit initiatives in Solano, ranging from youth sports and activities, fire and life safety to tribal language revitalization.
“We are truly honored to be presented with a partnership opportunity that has the potential to benefit so many people,” said John Vasquez, District 4 supervisor and chairman of the board.
The proposed partnership between the tribe and the county began in late 2016 when the tribal leaders met with then-Chairwoman and District 1 Supervisor Erin Hannigan.
“We realized early on in our partnership that we share many similar goals and desired outcomes,” Hannigan said. “Our shared priorities, include providing health care, housing, education, counseling, food and shelter services for children, low-income families and the homeless — are all more successfully achieved when working together, and have a much greater impact in the communities where we live.”
As part of the agreement, Solano programs — including VibeSolano, the Mobile Food Pharmacy, and a series of basic needs and safety-net services — would each share a portion of the $1 million agreement.
“Sharing with family and neighbors is at the heart of our tribal culture, and we are proud and honored to be able to partner in these important projects with Solano County,” said Leland Kinter, tribal chairman. “When we asked for and received from the governor the opportunity to use credits from our casino payments to the state directly for local projects within our Tribe’s historic territory, this is exactly the kind of work we had in mind. These programs will deliver valuable services — from education to nutrition to health services — straight to the people who need them.”