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Yosemite Roundhouse Restoration Project

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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.

5th Annual Chaw'se Day

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Mark your calendars! The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians invites our communities to Chaw'se Day Spring Gathering at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. As with year's past, this event will be two days- Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27. Chaw'se Day is open to the public and admission is FREE. 

Over the past four years, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians have led and completed the restoration efforts at Chaw'se, including rebuilding the traditional Round House. They now invite the public to join them in welcoming Spring with Native American games, cuisine, dancing, crafts, guided park tours, and more. Please be respectful as this park is a sacred space for our Tribe.

The event is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For additional event information please contact Anya Wolin at awolin@jacksoncasino.com or 209-223-8102. 

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

MORRIS DAY SURPRISE FOR HOAC PATIENT

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Hospice of Amador and Calaveras teamed up with the staff at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, December 9 to bring a very special wish to one of HOAC’s patients. For several years, Michelle has been battling brain cancer. As an aficionado of music, Michelle’s wish was to see a live concert one more time. 

 

After receiving a call from Michelle’s family, HOAC Medical Social Worker Colleen Brazil reached out to Renee Davis, Volunteer Coordinator and Development Manager for Hospice of Amador and Calaveras. Renee knew exactly whom to call: Emily Tirapelle, Sales and Special Events Manager for Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Upon hearing about Michelle’s wish, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s team jumped into action to make sure Michelle and her family had an experience to remember- four tickets to see Morris Day and the Time at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. But that wasn’t all.

 

To make this evening happen, several generous community members were called upon for assistance. Al Lennox at American Legion Ambulance donated transportation to and from the concert, and Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment in Modesto provided both a hospital bed for the evening, as well as oxygen, two items Michelle requires due to her condition. To make the night picture perfect, Cosmetologist Heather Cross, from Simply Skin Esthetics, went to Michelle’s home and prepared her hair and makeup for her big night.

 

After being picked up by an American Legion Ambulance and taken to the event, Michelle, her sister, mom, and Colleen were greeted with open arms at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. The foursome was escorted into their private dining room, adorned floor to ceiling with beautiful pink flower walls, candles, pink floral centerpieces, and much more. Their gourmet dinner was made up of lobster tail, rice pilaf, and chocolate desserts, including chocolate mousse, buckeyes, truffles, and chocolate decadence cakes, handcrafted by Jackson Rancheria’s Banquet team. The start-to-finish VIP treatment was truly an ode to how special a person Michelle is.

 

After dinner and dessert, Michelle and her group were escorted to the hallway for a special surprise—a meet and greet with Morris Day himself! Dressed in an iridescent gold suit, Morris was extremely personable, allowing multiple staff members to take photos of him and Michelle, as well as her family and Colleen. During their interaction, Morris joked, “Now, if we’re too loud, you let me know and I’ll turn it down.” Michelle responded, “Oh no, I’ll be asking you to turn it UP!” 

 

Michelle and her family were then escorted to their seats in a special viewing area to enjoy the show. As expected, Morris Day and the Time put on an amazing show, one Michelle and her family will always remember.

 

Thank you to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, Colleen Brazil, MSW, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Special Events and Security teams, the local businesses mentioned above who made this evening happen, and to Morris Day for making Michelle’s wish come true in a spectacular and memorable way. 

 

 

Hospice of Amador and Calaveras offers quality, compassionate end-of-life care to patients, regardless of ability to pay. They are an independent, non-profit agency that has been serving the community since 1982. For more information, please call 223-5500, or visit www.hospiceofamador.org.

 

In Loving Memory of Dennis Dalton

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians and Chairman Adam Dalton sadly announce the passing of Tribal Council Member Dennis Ray Dalton. Dennis was born on August 26, 1958 and died of natural causes in the early morning hours of October 7, 2017. Dennis was 59.

A viewing and memorial service will be held inside the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel on Saturday October 14th 2017 at 10 a.m. 

Flowers and cards for the family can be mailed to the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians at P.O. Box 1090 or 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA 95642.

Memorial donations may be made to the Biletnikoff Foundation in honor of Dennis at:

7080 Donlon Way, Suite 126
Dublin, CA 94568
Tel: (925) 556-2525
Fax: (925) 828-5491
http://www.biletnikoff.org/

JRCR WINS NATIONAL TELLY AWARD

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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort has been presented a 2017 National Telly Award for their 2016 "Haunted Autoberfest" commercial in the Local Commercial-Entertainment category. 

The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television content nationwide. According to the Telly Awards, submitted videos are reviewed by over 200+ working industry judges, all who have previously won an award themselves. Last September, Jackson Rancheria Casino Reosrt partnered with Comcast and Media 3Sixty to film a promotional commercial spot highlighting their October promotion- Haunted Autoberfest. Searching for the best backdrop to film a haunted, spooky spot was not easy, yet Jackson Rancheria's team settled on the Preston Castle in Ione, California. With the help and hospitality of the Preston Castle Foundation, crews descended upon the haunted castle late one evening to film the award-winning spot. Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort's talented CEO Rich Hoffman donned face make-up, a cape, and fake teeth to portray a vampire who won a 2016 Volkswagen Beetle. Promotions Coordinator- and now award-winning actor- Geoffrey Nixon partnered onscreen with Rich as the vistor to the vampire's castle. It was the comedic performance, mixed with the brilliant design and editing work from Comcast and Media 3Sixty, that made this spot stand out. 

Comcast's David Hawley chose to submit the commercial to the Telly Awards because "The Autoberfest commercial allowed us to propel that relational experience by incorporating a holiday theme with an incredible (real) location and the dramatic lighting and shadow opportunities of shooting at night. Add in a great promotion and these elements set the perfect stage for imagination to flourish and for Rich to perform. We all have fond memories of a haunted house or a scary movie and this was a fun way to tap into that experience." The Telly Award judges must have seen the same potential in the commercial that David did. The Telly Award is proudly displayed in the Tribal Offices at the Public Safety Building. 

Thank you to our talented team who helped make this possible: Rich Hoffman, Geoffrey Nixon, Jose Cortez, Wendi Henderson, Elisa Angoletta, Comcast Producer Mike Iachella, Media 3Sixty Director Agrifino Edralin, and Preston Castle's Karl Knobelauch, and the rest of the Preston Castle Foundation. 

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Teacher Appreciation Week

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Every year, there are a myriad of National Business Profession days recognizing hard work and commitment to the job. This year, we chose to celebrate a group of individuals who, in our minds, go beyond the call of duty every day. As part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, we held a small ceremony for our Little Oak Learning Center staff complete with arts and crafts stations for the kids, a painted handprint filled "Thank You" banner, and goodie bags for each of the teachers and staff members.

Little Oak Learning Center (LOLC) is an on-site employee based childcare center that has been an added benefit to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort employees for the past 17 years. Founded on September 1, 2000, LOLC is privately funded by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians and resides in a state of the art 10,000 sqft. building on property with individual classes for children ages 18 months through 12 years. In addition to the large indoor classrooms and spaces for activities, there is over 5,000 sqft. of outdoor play area with separated playgrounds - all of which are completely fenced in. LOLC 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 nearly 70 children in attendance daily. 

At Little Oak, 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 is extra help in a subject or learning social skills. Teacher Lisa Thurston says her fondest memory was "when we took the chilren to the Exploratorium in San Francsico. 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." Miss Syndi said, "Working with children allows me to 'play' every day, along with the physical and mental exercise. Children keep me laughing and looking at the world through a new perspective. Seeing the world through their eyes keeps me young. The random hugs throughout the day are also the best! To be able to experience all this at Little Oak is an added blessing the Tribe provides us."

It's obvious that the teaching staff, led by Manager Ami Hagood, love what they do and take their jobs seriously. "I love seeing children smile and watch them as they grow. Coming into work and having the children comfortable enough to hug you or tell you their most precious thoughts without hesitation is a self-rewarding feeling within itself," said Hagood.

It takes a big heart to shape little minds and we are grateful for our teachers at Little Oak Learning Center. Thank you for your continued dedication and guidance of our employees' children! 

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4th Annual Chaw'se Day

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Mark your calendars! The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians invites our communities to Chaw'se Day Spring Gathering at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. As with year's past, this event will be two days- Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28. Chaw'se Day is open to the public and admission is FREE. 

Over the past four years, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians have led and completed the restoration efforts at Chaw'se, including rebuilding the traditional Round House. They now invite the public to join them in welcoming Spring with Native American games, cuisine, dancing, crafts, guided park tours, and more. Please be respectful as this park is a sacred space for our Tribe.

The event is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For additional event information or for Native American craft and vendor registration, please contact Natasha Ballew at nballew@jacksoncasino.com or 209-223-8102. 

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

GIVING SEASON DONATIONS

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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 encourages Dreamcatcher's Club® members to donate their points back in order to raise money for local charities and foundations. This year, Dreamcatcher's Club® members donated $28,43 in points! As with year's past, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians matched the donation up to $10,000, which brought 2016's total to a record breaking $38,433. CEO Rich Hoffman stated, "We are constantly astounded by the generosity of our loyal players, guests, and the Tribe. These five charities are close to our hearts and the donations we raised this year will be used to better our community, as well as lend a helping hand to people in need." 

The following charities received $7,686.60 each: Interfaith Food Bank, Calaveras Food Bank, Calaveras Habitat for Humanity, Amador County Senior Center, and Amador County Meals on Wheels. Representatives from these organizations, pictured above, attended a Check Presentation Ceremny on Thursday, January 26 where CEO Rich Hoffman awarded the charities their funds. 

For more information about these charities and how to help, please see the contacts below:

Amador Senior Center - Laurie, 209-223-0442 laurie@amadorseniorcenter.org

Amador Meals on Wheels - Anne Boyce, 209-223-3015 anne@commongroundseniorservices.org

Interfaith Food Bank - Tom Thompson, 209-267-9006 feedamador@gmail.com

Calaveras Food Bank - Tina Mather, 209-754-1257 tmather@trcac.org

Calaveras Habitat for Humanity - Todd Peterson, 209-754-5331 ToddP@habitatcalaveras.org

Mustard Seed Christmas 2016

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The rain clouds parted and the sun was shining on that brisk Wednesday morning as Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort teamed up with Mustard Seed Elementary School at Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento to bring gifts to all of the children currently enrolled. Last year, Mustard Seed reached out to JRCR in hopes for a nice Christmas surprise and the event has now become a Christmas tradition! Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort staff meticulously planned, shopped for, and wrapped over 60 presents for Santa to hand out.  Of course Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort CEO Rich Hoffman was happy to don his Santa suit. The excitement, especially from the younger classes, was palpable and heartwarming to all involved. 

This year, children received new coats, gloves and hats, a new toy, an Amazon Kindle, as well as gift cards to Amazon and McDonalds for weekend meals. The school received donations of hand santizing wipes, cases of Kleenexs, and an Amazon gift cards to purchase any rainy day necessities like disposable ponchos, blankets, or umbrellas. Parents and guardians of the children also were gifted Wal-Mart gift cards so that children could wake up on Christmas morning with presents. Overall, there wasn't a dry eye in the house as all of the kids unwrapped their presents and visited with Santa. 

Mustard Seed Elementary School is a free, private school for children ages 3 to 15. Mustard Seed provides a safe, nurturing and structured environment, a positive learning experience, and any assistance for entering or reentering public school systems to homeless children. Many homeless children are not enrolled in school because the places their families find to sleep are often not near schools and the family only plans to be there for a short while. The average time a child is enrolled at Mustard Seed is between three to four weeks. While there, they receive the necessary tools to help them prepare for reentering public schools.

For more information and to donate to Mustard Seed, please visit SacLoaves.org

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The Amador Ledger Merges with The Acorn News

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The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians is proud to announce its purchase of the Amador Ledger Dispatch newspaper. The acquisition will merge the Amador Ledger Dispatch with the Tribe’s recently established publication, The Acorn News.

The newly formed publication will operate as the The Acorn News, a full service newspaper serving Amador and Calaveras Counties.

The Acorn News will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays and offer four main sections – “Acorn News,” “On the Vine” (featuring arts, entertainment and events), “Roots” (featuring history, life and community) and “In The Game,” a sports section. The Acorn News will also have an online element, which is currently under construction and can expect to be launched in the coming weeks. The Acorn News is staffed by 10 employees.

The Acorn News is fortunate to have an active owner that lives, breathes and is deeply invested in the local community,” said Jack Mitchell, Publisher of The Acorn News. “We look forward to providing Amador and Calaveras Counties with a world class newspaper that exceeds expectations and provides critical information that our readers desire.”

Unlike many local newspapers, The Acorn News will be affiliated with the Associated Press and have the ability to provide its readers with comprehensive news coverage from across the country and around the world while remaining devoted to breaking local news coverage. The Acorn News will also offer a weekly TV Guide insert, senior page, education page and children’s page, among other unique features.

“It is our hope that The Acorn News will be a valued gift to our community,” said Adam Dalton, Chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians. “The Acorn News will be staffed by talented journalists who have decades of experience and are deeply committed to journalistic independence.”

The first issue of the united Acorn News will be distributed this Friday. For more information on The Acorn News, visit www.theacornnews.com or www.facebook.com/theacornnews.

TANF DONATION

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The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians recently donated $5,000 to the California Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) in an effort to help expand the program's reach into Native American communities. California TANF works to help families achieve self-sufficiency through educational training, career and employment opportunities, as well as various supported services with programs that have temporary financial assistance. For additional information about the TANF program, call 209-257-6150 or visit www.cttp.net

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 nballew@jacksoncasino.com. The Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Rd., Pine Grove, CA 95665. 

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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. 

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