Habematolel Pomo Tribal Leaders Present Donations to County Sheriff’s Office

May 20, 2017

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – On Thursday, Sheriff Brian Martin, District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele and Undersheriff Chris Macedo received donations from the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe.

The donations were $25,000 for the county of Lake and $25,000 for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Tribal Chair Sherry Treppa presented the donations in a meeting at Running Creek Casino and expressed the tribe’s gratitude for the professional and respectful working relationship it has experienced with the county and the sheriff’s office.

Treppa said that the tribe wanted to give back to the community, and this was one of several ways that they were doing so.

Sheriff Martin and Supervisor Steele expressed their gratitude for the generous donations.

Sheriff Martin indicated that he intends to use the funds donated to the sheriff’s office to pay for training, equipment, and materials that will enhance services for American Indian communities.

“The Sheriff’s Office has worked collaboratively with tribes and law enforcement agencies both within Lake County and across the state to address issues of concern to native communities,” Martin said. “It is my intent to continue those efforts and bring additional training and resources for my staff and our community members so that we can properly serve all segments of our society. This donation will be used in furtherance of those efforts. I am grateful and humbled by the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake’s generosity.”

Steele remarked about the high regard that the community has for the tribes, particularly for their tribal values and community support.

“The donation to the Upper Lake High School football field ‘Lights of Love Project’ was remarkable, and now this donation is really moving and much appreciated,” he said.

As Steele noted, the tribe had donated $130,000 to the high school for its light project earlier this year.