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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. 

DREAM WEDDING COUPLE ANNOUNCED

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. 

AMADOR PARK RESTORATION PROJECT SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

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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CONSTRUCTION RESUMES AT CHAW'SE

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 JacksonCasino.com 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

Amador County Park Restoration seeking volunteers at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock

October 3, 2013

Fall has officially arrived and with the onset of cooler weather, we’re feeling more productive than ever here at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park. The progress surprised attendees of last week’s Big Time event as members of local Native American tribes assembled for our annual acorn gathering ceremony with dancing, hand games, craft fair and more.  With all that’s transpired since our last gathering, this year’s event was indeed more special than ever before.  We’d like to thank the Ione Band of Miwok Indians for the outstanding organization and generosity in hosting Big Time; we enjoyed ourselves as always and appreciate all that you do to ensure our traditions continue, year after year.

In addition we’d like to thank the volunteers once again, including the Buena Vista Rancheria of Miwok Indians and the Ione Band of Miwok Indians for providing lunch for all of the workers. Also, a big thanks to 7 Post, Private Investment Office for their very generous contribution as well. And to each and every member of the Rancheria work crew, we thank you for you for your relentless efforts and undying motivation thus far; we could not be where we are without you.

We would also like to recognize a very special friend of our family, Mrs. Sharon Lundgren who has provided the Amador County Park Restoration project with assistance and donations time and time again. We cannot begin to thank her enough for all that she’s done to support our efforts.  She welcomed our crew with open arms when we began the Volcano restoration project, and continued to follow our progress with additional donations and support throughout the Detert job as well.   Sharon answered the call once again in our request for cedar wood, offering trees from her property which will help us to rebuild the round house and several nearby U’macha’s (bark houses) the way Grandfather intended. 

If you have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to join the efforts, now is the time.  We have completed the sacred process of deconstructing the round house and are now calling on all our neighbors to help us repair as much as we can to the surrounding areas as we race against the will of Mother Nature.  Please keep in mind that all people are welcome here at Chaw’se and we hope that you will join hands with your neighbors and come together for the sake of preserving history and Native American culture for many generations to come.  As the late Margaret Dalton once said, “We are all of the same race…the human race”.

For information on volunteering at Chaw’se, please call Corey Adkins at (209) 419-0771.  If you wish to donate lunch, snacks or refreshments to the workers please call Jay Ball (209) 304-1151.  For monetary donations or any additional questions or concerns call 223-8405 or follow us 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

American Indian Film Festival

Jackson Rancheria is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 38th Annual American Indian Film Festival November 1- 10 in San Francisco, California. The AIFF shows and rewards films by and about U.S.A. American Indian and Canada First Nation peoples for festival competition in several categories, including: Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Live Short Subject, Music Video, Animated Short, Public Service and Industrial.

The American Indian Film Institute’s mission is to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary American Indian and First Nations peoples. They encourage Indian filmmakers to bring the broader media culture the indigenous voices, viewpoints and stories that have historically been excluded from mainstream media.

Screenings of the films can be seen November 1-9 at the Delancey Street Theatre. Tickets can be purchased the day of the screening or online at http://festival.aifisf.com/tickets/.  The awards show will take place November 10 at the San Francisco Jazz Center from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Amador County Park Restoration progress continues at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock, State Park

The first few weeks of restoration at Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock have been very productive as progress can now be seen across the entire park. We've come a long way in such a short amount of time and none of this success would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our valued volunteers. 

We would like to thank each and every one of you for answering the call and joining us during these most challenging first weeks of the Chaw'se restoration project.  From the Native people of our local tribes, Rancheria construction crew, family, friends and loyal neighbors of our community; we appreciate your efforts more than you know and look forward to working with you throughout the duration of this most exciting endeavor. 

Development ensues with each new day; so join us at the park if you haven't already and follow our progress on Facebook, or call us anytime with questions or for more information at (209) 223-8405.

Until next week,

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

Call (209) 223-8405 for more information regarding the Amador County Park Restoration Project and their ongoing efforts to improve our community.

Amador County Park Restoration working full time at Chaw’se

Steady progress is underway at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock and we’ve come a long way since the restoration began, just three short weeks ago.  Our main focus remains on the round house as crews work diligently to prepare for fall's rapidly approaching weather.
 
We are still in search of cedar bark as well as live, wild grape vines and would greatly appreciate donations and leads from friends within the community.    Please contact us at (209) 223-8370 if you can be of assistance; we will provide the removal, transportation and clean up services ourselves. Such donations will not only provide this sacred, historic park with years of new life, but is believed by our people to bring good medicine and blessings to your family as well. So please join us in this most exciting adventure, there’s no time like the present to join hands with your neighbors and make a difference for the families of Amador County.

Until next week, may Grandfather be with you all.

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

Call (209) 223-8405 for more information regarding the Amador County Park Restoration Project and their ongoing efforts to improve our community.

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