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PRESCOTT, Arizona (October 17, 2002)—At 11 a.m., on Monday, October 21, the Yavpé Ma’ta Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Yavapai Tribe Land & Cattle Company, will officially donate the Skull Valley Fire Station to the Skull Valley community.

In July, the corporation—owned by the Yavapai Tribe Land & Cattle Company, an enterprise of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe—acquired the Quarter Circle J Ranch on which the fire station is located. Yavpé Ma’ta purchased the land as an investment. Revenues generated by the 1,245-acre Quarter Circle J Ranch include sand and gravel leases as well as cattle grazing opportunities.

Fire Chief Dan Galde and his staff will be present at the event to receive the deed to the station on behalf of the community. Officials of the Yavpé Ma’ta Corporation, Vice-President Calvin J. Hunter, Jr. and Secretary/Treasurer Dan Chapman, will be on hand for the ceremony.

The Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe consists of 160 members and occupies a reservation of less than 1,500 acres adjacent to Prescott. Tribal enterprises, including a business park, shopping center and two casinos, provide more than 2,500 jobs for the local economy.