Tribal Organization: Ione Band of Miwoks
The Ione Band of Miwok Indians has received federal and state approvals to build an Indian gaming casino 30 southeast of Sacramento.
The location of this casino is in Amador County along Highway 49 in Plymouth. This is the third casino in the county. The others are has two existing casino, the Harrah's Northern California Casino in Ione and Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson.
The Ione Band of Miwoks announced plans to build a casino in 2006 and submitted an application the the U.S. Department of Interior for review and approval.
On May 25, 2012 the U.S. Department of Interior approved the application. It authorized the tribe to build a casino on a 228-acre parcel of land near Plymouth in Amador County.
Amador County On June 29, 2012 Amador County filed a new lawsuit against the federal government in hopes of stopping the casino.
A federal judge in October 2015 rejected the lawsuit in favor of the tribe.
An activist group, No Casino in Plymouth, filed several lawsuits to stop construction of the casino. Each was unsuccessful. The last case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rejected it in October 2018.
Federal Approval (April 2020)
The Ione Band of Miwok Indians were notified in April 2020 by the U.S. Department of Interior that the tribes' plan for building a casino in Plymouth had final approval and 220 acres of tribal-owned land would be transferred into federal trust creating a sovereign reservation. See details
State Approval (August 2020)
Gov. Gavin Newsom granted the final state approval by signing a tribal-state gaming compact on Aug. 3, 2020. The compact authorizes the Inone Band of Miwok Indians to operate up to 1,200 slot machines, any card or table game legalized in California, and off-track betting on horse racing. See details
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August 8, 2020
California Gov. Newsom signed a gaming compact with the Ione Band of Miwok Indians this week giving the tribe the state's final approval to build a new casino 30 miles southeast of Sacramento in Plymouth on Highway 49.
Final Federal Approval
The tribe received federal approval for the casino in April 2020. As the final step in the federal process, the U.S. Department of Interior agreed to transfer 220 acres of tribal-owned land into federal trust for the purpose of building a casino.
Final State Approval
The tribe received state approval for the casino on Aug. 3, 2020 when Gov. Newsom signed a gaming compact between the tribe and the state. The compact grants the tribe the rights to operate up to 1,200 slot machines, any or all card and table games that are legal in the state, and off-track horse race wagering.
Tribal chairperson Sara Dutschke released this statement following Gov. Newsom's signing of the compact:
"On behalf of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, I would like to thank Governor Newsom and his staff for their hard work and dedication as we worked to achieve this important milestone, particularly in light of the state's many responsibilities addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, This is an exciting time for our Tribe, and we look forward to continuing to foster a strong and prosperous government-to-government relationship with the State of California and Amador County."
"This milestone is a critical step in establishing long-term economic self-sufficiency and prosperity for our people. This opportunity will not only improve the quality of life for our Tribe, but also allow us to bring hundreds of competitive career opportunities and economic viability to our community. Revenue generated will be used to support our Tribe's social and educational programs, housing, healthcare and the preservation of cultural resources; things we have struggled to maintain and provide our members for generations."
April 6, 2020
Last week the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs officially notified the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of approval by the U.S. Interior Department to transfer 220 acres of tribal land into federal trust. The transfer will grant tribal sovereignty to the land and federal authorization for an Indian gaming casino.
"For the Ione Band this isn't just about the development of a gaming operation, this is really about restoring the land base we can use to support our members in the futrure," tribal Chairwoman Sara Dutschke said in a telephone interview. "We've waited a very long time for this."
Since announcing its casino plans back in 2006, the tribe has continually fought court battles and opposition from activists groups to reach this point in the approval process.
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