Nation | Tribe: Buena Vista Band of Me-Wuk Indians
4650 Coal Mine Road
Ione, California 95640
Harrah's Northern California is an Indian gaming casino is owned by the Buena Vista Band of Me-Wuk Indians and managed by Caesars Entertainment using its Harrah's brand. The casino opened April 29, 2019 in Ione, California and features 950 slot machines, 20 table games, an upscale restaurant, a fast food court and a coffee bar.
In 2018 the Buena Vista Band of Me-Wuk Indians signed an agreement with Caesars Entertainment to manage this casino and license Harrah's brand name.
The casino is built on 17 acres of reservation land where the tribe has lived on since 1817. It is located on the east side of Coal Mine Road, approximately 1 mile south of the unincorporated town of Buena Vista, 5 miles southeast of the city of Ione, 28 miles northeast of the City of Stockton, and 32 miles southeast of the city of Sacramento.
Harrah's Northern California opened April 29, 2019.
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$168 million construction project
71,000 square-foot casino
950 slot machines
20 table games
Louie Oliver's Restaurant & Bar
Upscale restaurant open 11AM - 10PM.
Bar is open 10AM-1AM weekdays and 10AM-2AM Fri-Sat.
Quick bites venue with American, Asian and Mexican cuisines. Open 24 hours daily.
Serves San Francisco Bay Coffee. Open 7AM-7PM Sun-Thu and 7AM-9PM Fri-Sat.
Parking for 900 vehicles.
april 29, 2019
Thousands of people entered the doors at Harrah's Northern California when the casino opened at 4:49pm today. Excitement could be felt as 950 new slot machines were played for the first time.
Harrah's Norcal is a 168 million casino with 71,000 square feet, 950 slot machines, 20 table games, the Louie Oliver's Restaurant and 3 fast food venues. The casino is owned by the Buena Vista Band of Me-Wuk Indians and managed by Harrahs, which is part of Caesar's Entertainment.
April 19, 2019
Take this 7-minute video tour to preview the new Harrah's Northern California Casino in Amador County. The opening date for the casino will be April 29.
Harrah's Northern California is a $168 million casino located in Amador County. It opened to the public on April 29, 2019 and celebrated its Grand Opening on May 17, 18 and 19.
February 12, 2019
Harrah's Northern California is hiring 400 full-time employees prior to its grand opening in May.
In a press release published by Casino City Times today, Harrah's is offering job opportunities in a wide variety of career fields. Many of these jobs invite entry level applicants.
Harrah's is seeking dealers, cage cashiers, leads and coordinators for their gaming operations, as well as staff for admin, HR, IT, marketing and security.
Vigi Austin is Director of Human Resources. In a statement he said: "A career in gaming is not only exciting, it offers a lot of opportunity for personal development and advancement. In addition, Harrah's Northern California provides competitive packages and a great working environment. We are seeking highly-motivated and upbeat individuals to join our team."
Harrah's Northern California is a tribal casino owned by the Buena Vista Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Employment preference will be given to qualified tribal members and those of other federally recognized tribes.
April 13, 2018
An announcement was made today that an agreement has been made between the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California and Caesars Entertainment Corporation to build a casino in Northern California. The casino will be under the Harrah's brand.
The Buena Vista Gaming Authority is an entity of the Buena Vista tribe and will oversee the tribal gaming operations. The tribe will be the owner of the casino. Casino consulting services and licensing of the brand will be provided by Caesars Entertainment. When opened, Caesars will also manage, maintain, and operate the casino property.
The facility will be developed 32 miles east of Sacramento on the tribe's reservation in Amador County. The reservation is 67.5 acres. It will be named Harrah's Northern California Casino. There will be 20 table games and 950 slot machines. Dining options will include three fast food selections and a full service restaurant.
In July of 2009 the tribe voted to create The Buena Vista Gaming Authority. The purpose was to form an unincorporated government entity of the tribe to manage and develop their gaming industry. The tribal council oversees the authority and appoints the independent board of directors.
In 2016 a gaming compact was agreed upon between the tribe and the state of California. In that agreement, $8 million will be paid from the casino each year to the state in exchange for gaming rights.
Harrah's Northern California Casino is expected to be completed by next year in 2019 at a cost of $168 million.
February 11, 2010
SACRAMENTO - Friends of Amador County, an anti-casino group, filed a suit in the California Eastern District federal court in Sacramento asking a judge to overturn federal approvals granted to the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians for 67 acres near Ione where the tribe plans to build a casino. The casino project will cost $150 million to build and will operate table games and 950 slot machines.
The new lawsuit alleges the land does not qualify as tribal land, and the federal government acted illegally in granting approval.
Jerry Cassesi, president of Friends of Amador County, said the federal archives show the inhabitants of Buena Vista Rancheria were never a tribe with a common language and history. Instead they were the scattered remnants of many tribes rather than local Me-Wuks.
The tribe issued a statement today that read "The allegations of the lawsuit appear to mirror those of the lawsuit filed by the County of Amador against the Interior Department, which was dismissed by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. We expect the same result for this lawsuit."
In 2005 an attorney with the National Indian Gaming Commission issued an opinion that Me-Wuks had lived on the site since at least 1817 and that the land is suitable for a tribal casino. The tribe received federal recognition in 1985.
Construction of the Buena Vista Casino was to start last summer but the tribe has still not been issued a federal sewage discharge permit.
February 5, 2010
BUENA VISTA RANCHERIA - The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians reported the latest status of their casino project on their website last month. Here is their statement:
"January 15, 2010 - The Buena Vista Casino project is proceeding as planned. The Tribe is still awaiting the issuance of the federal permits it requires before breaking ground on the casino construction; it anticipates that the permits should be issued within the first couple months of 2010. Once the permits are issued, the Tribe will seek financing for the casino construction costs. In the meantime, for the past several months, the Tribe has been working steadily with the County of Amador and other local agencies in the implementation of pre-opening mitigation measures, such as road improvements, groundwater monitoring and fire station improvements."
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