Josefina Cortez, Tribal Chairwoman, Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

Josefina Cortez, Tribal Chairwoman
Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria
Bear River Casino Resort in Loleta, CA

As with many tribes throughout the country the COVID-19 health crisis has been particularly precarious. The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is proud to say that our team members on the tribal government side as well as our casino resort have done a fantastic job assisting in the combat of this crisis. Through the collaborative efforts of both, we have been able to ensure the well-being of our guests, community and tribal members. With the dedicated efforts from all, we have been able to provide numerous services to our tribal membership, which have aided in the prevention of COVID-19 within our tribal community. Some of the services provided include: distribution of food boxes, police department check points, tribal community curfew, and mobile testing sites available on the Rancheria.

Since the reopening of our casino, we have experienced steady patronage. Our property was reopened in phases to include select gaming machines being operational, limited food and beverage, limited seating for indoor dining, alcohol service was suspended, and smoking was not allowed. At every entrance   patrons are required to undergo non-invasive temperature screenings, mask checks, and identification card documentation to allow for contact tracing. In addition, our casino resort has implemented extensive sanitation protocols, installed plexiglass shields, maintained adequate personal protective equipment, and additional safety and hygiene signage.

As Indigenous People, we are resilient and overcoming COVID-19 is no different. What we need to keep in mind is that we are all one and we must care for one another. When one of us perseveres, we all persevere.