Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1090
Jackson, CA 95642


Cultural History

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians is composed of the Native Americans who are from the different mixtures of the Miwuks, the Americans, the Californians and some other citizens hailing from the Amador County. Despite the differences from the origination of the lands, these people have maintained their peace and cooperation which are key factors for the tribal success. For many of the tribal members, they are one in the race, which is the human race. 

The tribal chairperson is Margaret Dalton. Since becoming the tribal chairperson, Margaret has become an important part of the economic progress of the Jacksonville Rancheria. She is the pioneering leader who promoted the tribal enterprises which today brings them revenues. She was born in a Natrive American mother and a non-native father. She is one of the most important figures in the whole of the rancheria due to her indomitableness and her strive to bring about self sufficiency for the whole tribe. She had a vision for the whole of the rancheria to be independent people and have a stable source of income. It was in the year 1979 that she realized the importance of having their tribal government. This would enable the rancheria to enter the contracts and gain the trust and respect of the investors. True enough, her visions came to reality and were proven to be true. It was in the same year when the tribe organized their government. She called upon the leaders for the first ever tribal government building with the primary goal of building a formal government. She was declared as the chairperson and since then, she has worked for the betterment of the tribe.

It was in the year 1985 when the tribe first opened their Bingo Hall. The bingo hall was the result of the inspiration brought about by the `success of the Seminole Tribe in Florida. The first tribal enterprise did not go on a smooth flowing ride. Instead, it was subject to problems both financially and economically yet their tribal head did not give up. The failure of the first endeavor did not stop the adamant leader and her people from trying once again. In the year 1991, six years after the first Bingo Hall, the tribe once again opened a new venture which is the Racheria Casino 7 Hotel. The said venture is nowadays the largest employer in the whole of the Amador County with not less than one thousand seven hundred employees.

Because of the success, more homes were built for the tribal members, more facilities were likewise installed. The tribal reservation now has a medical and dental clinic as well as a recreation center and those of the water and sewage treatment plants. There is also an auto mechanic shop that employs several tribal members. The rancheria is looking forward to a bright and prosperous future, thanks to the one woman who started it all.

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