Tribal Organization: Ione Band of Miwoks
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The location is a mile west of Plymouth, 11 miles from the city of Ione, and 30 miles southeast of Sacramento.
The U.S. Department of Interior announced May 25, 2012 that it has approved an application submitted by the Ione Band of Miwok Indians in 2006 to build a casino on a 228-acre parcel of land near Plymouth in Amador County.
Amador County has two existing casino, the Harrah's Northern California Casino in Ione and Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson. On June 29, 2012 Amador County filed a new lawsuit against the federal government in hopes of stopping this casino.
A federal judge in October 2015 rejected the lawsuit in favor of the tribe.
An activist group, No Casino in Plymouth, has filed several lawsuits to stop construction of the casino. Each have been unsuccessful. The last case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. It was rejected in October 2018.
Federal Land Approval
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.
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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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