6th Annual Chaw'se Day
UPDATE!! This event has been moved to the Grand Oak Ballroom at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort due to inclement weather! The location may have changed, but the fun won't!
The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians invites you to attend the 6th annual Chaw’se Day Celebration, a weekend long event welcoming Spring with Native American cuisine, crafts, and much more! Admission is free and open to the public, May 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity for Californians near and far to learn about Native American history and simultaneously enjoy a variety of unique food, music, and activities,” said Adam Dalton, Tribal Chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians.
Created in 1968, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (IGR) is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles east of Jackson, CA. The native name for the site is "Chaw’se,” the Miwok word for "grinding rock.” The areas ample supply of acorns and other seeds were ground upon the grinding rock to produce meal, slowly forming the cup-shaped depressions in the stone, which can still be seen today. Over the years, the tribe has led and completed the restoration efforts at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, including the reconstruction of the traditional, ceremonial roundhouse. The Miwok Village is a registered California Historical Landmark and is one of the only known occurrence of mortars intentionally decorated with petroglyphs.
For additional event information or for Native American craft and vendor registration, please contact Anya Wolin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-223-8731.
The Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Road, Pine Grove, CA 95665
The Dennis Dalton Foundation
The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians will hold a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration to commemorate the inception of The Dennis Dalton Foundation on Sunday, April 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The goal of The Dennis Dalton Foundation is to ensure that any Native American and/or low-income child in Amador and Calaveras Counties who has the desire to participate in organized sports, can do so regardless of their family's financial status.
The Grand Opening ceremony will include a dedication by Jackson Rancheria CEO Rich Hoffman and a Ribbon Cutting by Tribal Council members, followed by food, refreshments, and tours of The Dennis Dalton Foundation.
The Dennis Dalton Foundation honors the life and legacy of Dennis Dalton, who held a strong passion for assisting underserved children, especially in their pursuit of extracurricular sports activities. Driven by his dedication, the foundation aims to ensure that Native American and/or low-income children in Amador and Calaveras Counties can participate in organized sports, regardless of their family’s financial situation.
Interested families will be able to apply for assistance through the foundation’s website, www.thedennisdaltonfoundation.org. Once approved, the foundation will provide financial assistance for sports fees, a pair of cleats or shoes and one piece of sports equipment, if necessary.
For more information on The Dennis Dalton Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.thedennisdaltonfoundation.org.
18th Annual Giving Season Donations
In conjunction with their Annual Giving Season promotion and the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will be donating $37,049 to local charities.
The Giving Season promotion is an annual tradition for Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Kicking off in mid-November, the promotion runs through the month of December and it encourages Dreamcatcher’s Club® members to donate their points in order to raise money for local charities and foundations. This year, Dreamcatcher’s Club® members donated $27,049 in points. As with year’s past, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians matches donations up to $10,000, which brought 2018’s total to a record breaking $37,049.
All donations collected will benefit: Interfaith Food Bank, Calaveras Food Bank, Calaveras Habitat for Humanity, California Tribal TANF Partnership Amador County, and Amador County Meals on Wheels. Representatives from these organizations were in attendance at the Check Presentation Ceremony on Thursday, January 17, where CEO Rich Hoffman presented these charities with checks for $7,409.80.
Yosemite Roundhouse Restoration Project
The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians believes strongly in helping our neighbors and strives to assist the community and the families of Amador County. As many of you know, we have been working hard over the last several years to restore the parks in your neighborhoods. One such project, Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock, involved the privileged opportunity to rebuild the sacred Roundhouse.
Our Native Construction Crew is now honored with assisting the Southern Sierra Miwuk nation and the Wahhoga Committee in rebuilding their Roundhouse in Yosemite Valley. Years ago, their original village was destroyed, and now, nearly a half-century later, our Native crew is working long hours, away from home, alongside our friends in Yosemite to accomplish this task.
The Southern Sierra Miwuk Tribe is not yet federally recognized but they aim to establish this acknowledgment soon. To become federally recognized would further assist them in their efforts to rebuild their village and preserve the Miwuk history and culture for generations to come. These tasks will take time and is quite costly; which is why we are looking to you, our local community, to join in the efforts of accomplishing these goals. This project is very important to our Tribe, as we are excited for the opportunity to bring this gift of good medicine back into their lives.
Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be equally divided between both endeavors. Monetary donations can be made to the Amador Community Foundation at www.amadorcommunityfoundation.org, Fund name: Jackson Rancheria Yosemite Roundhouse or at one of the many collection locations onsite here at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.