Doyuti T'uhkama

During Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation’s re-negotiation of its gaming compact with the State of California, the Tribe sought and secured the right to use a portion of the money it would otherwise owe the State to support a variety of worthy causes designed to enhance and enrich Californians’ quality of life. As a result, the Tribe has the right and power under its 2016 Tribal-State Gaming Compact to re-allocate payments (up to $24 million per year) and invest that money in initiatives and projects within certain negotiated parameters. These are more informally referred to as “compact credits.” The allocation of these “compact credits” is overseen by Doyuti T’uhkama, a Yocha Dehe partnership which is distinct from, and in addition to, the longstanding and ongoing work of the Tribe’s philanthropic Community Fund.

Doyuti T’uhkama means “to give the acorn” in the Tribe’s native Patwin language. The acorn is a symbol sacred to the Patwin people and reflects Yocha Dehe’s commitment to sharing its resources, particularly with those in need. This Tribal partnership is overseen by a five-member board appointed by and reporting to the governing body of Yocha Dehe, specifically, the Tribal Council.

Doyuti T’uhkama empowers the Tribe to commit its resources to a variety of projects, causes and initiatives, all with the common benefit of improving the lives of Native people and citizens of California. The specific categories of giving that qualify for compact credits can be found in the 2016 Tribal-State Compact at Sections 4.6 and 5.3.