Chaw'se Day 2016

Chaw'se Day is back again this year! Join the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians as we welcome Spring at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. This community event is open to the public and admission is FREE. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and we encourage all to attend. 

Due to the popularity of the event last year, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians decided to add an additional day so that the community can enjoy their time learning about Chaw'se and the Native Culture. Same as last year, there will be traditional dances, Native vendors selling jewelry, dreamcatchers, clothing, crafts, and much more! Enjoy an Indian Taco, take a guided tour of the park, visit the grinding rock, or head up the hill to the museum to learn more about the Miwuk people. Kids are able to get creative and make traditional crafts as well! 

The Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park has been renovated and we can't think of a better way to welcome Spring than at this community event. For those interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Natasha Ballew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Rd., Pine Grove, CA 95665. 

Photos from Chaw'se Day 2015:


On Monday, December 14, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort CEO Rich Hoffman and helpers visited Mustard Seed Elementary at Loaves and Fishes homeless shelter in Sacramento to bring holiday cheer to children enrolled in the school. Mustard Seed School provides a safe, nuturing and structured environment, as well as a positive learning center for homeless children in the Sacramento area. They were founded in 1989 to help meet the need of education for children no longer enrolled in public school due to homelessness, lack of immunizations, birth certificates, lack of transit, etc. In spite of their situations, these children are eager to learn and to be accepted. CEO Rich Hoffman, dressed as Santa, visited with the 45 children currently enrolled between the ages of 4 and 14. The children were able to talk to Santa about what they wanted for Christmas, then received gifts including new coats, beanies, gloves, candy, a new toy, a tablet, and a tablet case. "The kids are in need, we saw an opportunity to spread some love and good will, and we jumped at it," said CEO Rich Hoffman.


The Hotel is currently under construction and the process is anticipated to run until June 2016. We apologize for any inconveniece during the construction period, but we give you our pledge that we will work hard to ensure your stay is enjoyable. Thank you for your support! We look forward to having an even more beautiful hotel in Summer 2016. 

Little Oak Learning Center Celebrates 15 Years!

Founded as an added benefit to employees, Little Oak Learning Center is privately funded by the Tribe and resides in a state of the art 10,000 sq. ft. building on property, with individual classes for children ages 18 months through 12 years of age. In addition to the large indoor classrooms and spaces for activities, there is over 5,000 sq. ft. of outdoor area with separated playgrounds- all of which are completely fenced in. Little Oak Learning Center is open 363 days out of the year and is available for Jackson Rancheria’s day and swing shift employees to utilize. Summer and school vacation programs are the most popular with Little Oak, with nearly 70 children in attendance daily. 


At Little Oak Learning Center, the teaching staff is dedicated to providing quality care and education for the children enrolled. Each class follows a daily lesson plan with a set curriculum and every member of the teaching staff goes above and beyond to see to the needs of their students, whether it be extra help in a subject, or learning social skills. When asked what some of their favorite memories were, Ms. Linda, who has been working at Little Oak since it’s inception, said, “My most memorable moments are when children still say hello or give us a hug out in the community, even if they are no longer enrolled. This is truly a rewarding job, to do what you love.” Teacher Lisa Thurston says her fondest memory was “when we took the children to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Watching the kids explore, discovering, and learning new things was incredible.” Ms. Teresa said, “There is nothing more gratifying than being greeted by children knowing that we have made such a significant impact in their lives.”  It’s obvious that the teaching staff, led by Manager Ami Hagood, love what they do and take their jobs as instructing and guiding the kids seriously.  


While the teaching staff shared memories from the last 15 years, some parents also had a chance to reminisce on what they too love about Little Oak Learning Center:


“Little Oak was my kids’ home away from home. The decision to place our children in someone else’s care while we were at work was very difficult, but knowing that your children are in a safe, clean, fun environment with people who truly care about the kids is the best thing a parent could ask for.” – Corbi Pitzer


“Little Oak has been an enriching environment that has helped shape and guide my two little girls into beautiful, positive, and strong individuals. The teachers are so passionate about children and their education. Little Oak and the staff there have become family.” –Krista Cagle


“For my family, Little Oak has meant we have a safe and fun place to take our kids when we work. The teachers at Little Oak have always been topnotch and have exceeded our expectations with the care they’ve given our children. The teachers there have taught my kids how to read, write, recognize shapes, eat at the table, and how to serve themselves food. I am so thankful for having Little Oak as a benefit from the Tribe and very thankful to the amazing people who have taught and touched my kids’ and our family’s’ lives!”- Melody Mauck



Here’s to another fifteen years, Little Oak Learning Center! Thank you for your continued dedication and guidance of our employees’ children. 




Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians Donates $15,000

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort recently held its 27th Annual Spring Charity Golf Classic at Castle Oaks Golf Course on April 24, 2015. The tournament raised funds for charity and this year will contribute a $15,000 donation to the Foothill Indian Education Alliance, Inc. 

The Foothill Indian Education Alliance, Inc. is a Native non-profit organization that has been serving the academic and cultural related needs of Native American students grades K- 12 attending public schools in El Dorado and Amador counties for the past 19 years. "A donation like this is truly appreciated and so incredibly invaluable to our organization. We are completely grant funded and grateful for this donation. There are times that our program needs to make purchases or provide services to our families that are not allowed by our grant," said James Marquez, Director of the Foothill Indian Education Alliance, Inc. "The need does not go away when we don't have access to available unrestricted funds. We just have to find other ways to fill those needs. This very generous donation from Jackson Rancheria will allow us to meet student and family academic cultural needs that would otherwise go unmet. We are honored to be the receipient of this very generous donation." Jackson Rancheria will be hosting their Annual Fall Tournament on October 9, 2015 at Castle Oaks Golf Course and plan to release additional details soon. 


Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is pleased to announce our new Dream Wedding Couple, Ashley & Justin from Acampo! Their wedding will take place in Summer 2016 and will include their ceremony and reception venue for up to 225 guests, appetizers and dinner provided by our Banquets Team, 8 hours of wedding photography courtesy of Farrell Photography, their wedding cake by Ingrid Fraser Elegant Cakes, DJ Services by DJ Maestro, bridal flowers courtesy of Wildflowers by Rancheria®, discounted bridal gown at The Clothes Mine, and a personalized photo booth for the reception. 

Here is Ashley and Justin's story. We cannot wait to work with this lovely couple to make their dream wedding come true!

I met Justin a year after he completed his 9 years of service in the US Army. God Bless the USA! As soon as we met, we knew we were the perfect pair. We have only spent a few days apart since. We do everything together and share all of our life experiences with one another as all couples should. As of August 2014, we welcomed a beautiful son together. He has been the light of our lives! I am now a stay-at-home mom and Justin is our sole provider. He works so incredibly hard and goes to school at the same time. He is so deserving. We are so much in love and our love continues to grow with each and every day and experience. I can't imagine my life without him and cannot wait to "officially" call him mine for the rest of my life! Since the birth of our son, wedding plans have been pushed aside, which would make winning this wedding a dream come true!

Mollie Joyce & Acorn Hills Vet Clinic

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians continue improving parks across Amador County! The Tribe completely renovated Molly Joyce park back in 2012, but recently returned to construct a much needed storage building to be shared between the Amador County Recreation Agency and the Amador County Little League. The building plans were provided by the county and ACRA supplied 90% of the materials needed for the build. The Tribe donated the labor required to complete construction as well as some additional building materials. Matt Loftus and Rudy Adkins were the lead carpenters on the job and are anticipating completion within the next few weeks. 

In other news, the Tribe also plans to help expand the Acorn Hills Veterinary Clinic to provide additional space for Allison Pillsbury, DVM as her very successful practice has been rapidly growing. Acorn Hills is the only 24 hr. clinic in the area and is located at 80 Ridge Road, Suite C and can be reached by calling 209-267-5554. 

Lastly, the Tribes' future plans will include assisting Amador A-PAL Humane Society with establishing a bird and cat rescue in Suite B next to Allison's practice. 

2015 Chaw'se Day

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians cordially invites everyone to join them for the 2nd Annual Chaw’se Day on May 23, 2015. 

We are excited to present the 2nd Annual Chaw’se Day at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park in Pine Grove. Attendees of the event will enjoy traditional Indian tacos, and Native dancing while shopping unique, custom crafts from local Native vendors. 

The event is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admittance is free. 

For additional event information or for Native American craft and vendor registration, please contact Natasha Ballew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 209-223-8102. 

The Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Road, Pine Grove, CA 95665. 


Dear Amador County,

Efforts here continue at Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Park as we begin the race against Mother Nature to complete what we can before the rain sets in. We've been hard at work here for over a year now, and are currently focused on rebuilding the Round House. The project is demandsing and we are looking for volunteers to assist us in the push before winter's arrival. More than 100 logs will need to be peeled of their bark to complete the roof and we could use a few extra helping hands. 

Volunteers are welcome Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and all will receive a complimentary t-shirt, refreshments, and a hot lunch. Please join us and take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity to help restore and preserve the history of Chaw'se for generations to come. 

May Grandfather be with you, 

Adam Dalton
Tribal Chairman
Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

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May 14

Amador Park and Restoration Crew is back at work continuing our efforts to make Amador County more beautiful than ever. Restoration continues at Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Park with the plan to replace all aging wood in and around the entire area. If you haven't visited Chaw'se lately, the difference so far is amazing. 

Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock is very special to our family and we encourage you to take the short drive up Highway 88 and see the many changes for yourselves. Volunteers are welcome Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and all workers will be supplied with gloves, tools, a hot lunch and a complimentary t-shirt for their efforts. Donations are appreciated and necessary to help make our parks the best they can be. Please mail your contribution to the Jackson Rancheria Park & Field Restoration Fund, C/O Venissa Morse P.O. Box 1090 Jackson, CA 95642. 

We'd like to thank Leo Carter for his continuous support with providing the project with cedar bark and more than 100 trees thus far. Also, a big thanks to Pete Bunting, Sharon Lungren and Loggin' Logan for being such great friends and offering your materials and expertise to the project. We couldn't be where we are today without you. 

We hope to see you at Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock Park and we thank you in advance for helping to support our efforts. Please call 209-223-8405 for more information. 

May Grandfather be with you always. 

Chaw'se Day

Jackson Rancheria Proudly Presents 1st "Holiday Bazaar"!

November 29, 2013

Jackson Rancheria has announced their 1st Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Italian Picnic Grounds, along with co-sponsors Amador Ledger Dispatch, TSPNTV and KVGC1340 AM Radio. 

This exciting event, in lieu of the Jackson Rancheria Hayrides, will offer plenty of holiday cheer with a craft fair including: handmade gifts and treats, carolers, complimentary cocoa, cookies and crafts for the kids. There will also be live reindeer, a canned food and toy drive, pictures with Santa and a drawing to win a free Christmas tree along with other exciting prizes! “The Tribe is pulling out all the stops on an old fashioned, family friendly, 4 alarm holiday extravaganza!” said CEO, Rich Hoffman. Admission is free and you won’t want to miss the excitement!

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians have announced that there won’t be any holiday hay rides on the reservation again this year.  “Due to construction along the traditional hay ride route, we are unable to offer the rides this year,” said Hoffman. The Holiday Celebration in Jackson, both the Holiday Bazaar and the “Christmas Delights” on Main Street, will give members of Amador community a family friendly weekend to experience all of the same joy and cheer as the traditional hay rides. 

The Italian Picnic Grounds are located at 581 State Highway 49, Sutter Creek, CA. For more information, visit or call 800-822-WINN. 

Amador County Park Restoration: Chaw’se restoration efforts to resume next spring

October 22, 2013

The restoration efforts at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock have officially come to an end for the season, as workers and volunteers reluctantly head home for a short winter break.  The progress thus far is astonishing as we’ve come a long way in just a few short weeks since we arrived in early September. It’s been an amazing experience and we’d like to recognize the workers and volunteers who assisted us in getting this project off the ground.  We’ll be back at it again soon, returning next spring to rebuild once again and finish what we’ve set out to accomplish.

Please continue to follow our efforts and support the cause.  Find us on Facebook at Amador County Park Restoration or call (209) 223-8405 with questions or comments.  Continued donations are greatly appreciated and necessary to help continue our goal to rebuild and restore the parks of Amador County.

Until next time, may Grandfather be with you all.

Adam Dalton
Earl Dalton III
Derik Dalton
Nick Wilson
The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

Amador County Park Restoration- Cedar wood and grape vine needed to rebuild Chaw’se

October 16, 2013

As we work to wrap up the efforts at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock until next spring, we’re calling on the residents of Amador County to continue providing their support by donating to the fund.  We are also in need of wild grape vine and cedar wood as well. Please contact us if you can help as these materials will need to be dried and stored properly through winter before they can be used to rebuild. Remember, our crews will handle the transportation, removal and clean up ourselves. Call (209) 223-8405 with any donations you can provide; all are greatly appreciated.

We’d like to thank everyone in the meantime for their support with the Chaw’se restoration project, it’s been an amazing experience so far, and we’ve only just begun!

Until next week,

Adam Dalton
Earl Dalton III
Derik Dalton
Nick Wilson
Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

Amador County Park Restoration- Chaw’se repairs to begin again next spring

October 8, 2013

We’re wrapping up loose ends here at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park, before the rain descends upon Amador County; placing a temporary damper on further progress until late spring.

Still, the Amador County Park Restoration project needs your help.  While volunteer efforts are suspended for the time being, we remain in search of cedar wood and wild grape vine.  Please contact us if you can be of assistance by donating these materials as they’ll need to be dried and prepared properly before the round house and nearby bark houses can be rebuilt.

We’d like to thank Mr. and Mrs. William Keeran for their generous contribution to the park fund this week.  Remember, your donations are tax deductible.  Make checks payable to the Amador Community Foundation and mail to Jackson Rancheria Park and Field Restoration Fund, c/o Venissa Morse, P.O. Box  1090, Jackson CA 95642. For cedar and vine donations please call (209) 223-8370 or for general questions or concerns call (209) 223-8405. We appreciate your support and thank you all once again.

Continue to follow our progress on Facebook at Amador County Park Restoration. 

Until next week,

Adam Dalton
Earl Dalton III
Derik Dalton
Nick Wilson
The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

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