Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel

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Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel

12222 New York Ranch Road
HOURS:Open 24 hours

Enjoy 24 hour gaming "Rancheria Style®" with 1,500+ slots, 50+ table games, 24 hour Poker Room, High Limit Room, restaurants, hotel, RV park, general store & gas station.

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians was first recognized by the Federal Government in 1898. Over 100 years later the Tribe enjoys self-sufficiency and self reliance thanks to the vision and determination of one small Indian woman.

Margaret L. (Hughes) Dalton was born in Tuolumne, California to her Native American Mother, Tessie Jeff, and her non-Indian Father, Clyde Hughes. After completing her ninth grade year at Calaveras High School, she left school and married Earl Dalton, Sr. in 1956, when she was 16 years old. Their dream was to make their small Band of Miwuk Indians self-sufficient, not dependent on any state or government funding. It was a journey that would take over 40 years to complete.

Margaret and Earl moved to Jackson Rancheria where they raised four sons, Earl Jr., Dennis, Robert, and Adam, as well as Margaret’s brothers and sister, Irvin “Bo,” Clarence, Gary, and Donna. They had one steadfast rule in their household - all eight children must graduate from high school. And all eight did.

Margaret knew her Tribe must form their own government to strengthen themselves in their dealings with local, state, and federal governments. The Tribe held a meeting in 1979 and established a formal government. Margaret was elected Tribal Chairperson, a position she held uncontested for 30 years.

In 1980 Margaret lost her best friend, and husband when Earl Sr. died in a logging accident, leaving Margaret to pursue their dreams on her own.

In 1984, she read about the success of the Seminole Tribe in Florida opening their own Bingo Hall and she began a search for private investors to help her Tribe open a Bingo Hall.

The Tribe opened their first Bingo Hall in 1985, but it was a rocky start on their path to self-reliance. The Bingo Hall opened and closed three times. With Margaret’s incredible determination, she convinced her Tribal Government to let her try one more time. In 1991, with backing from honest investors, Jackson Indian Bingo opened its doors.

Several political moves were necessary for the Bingo Hall to grow into a Casino. The Tribe watched carefully as California voters approved Proposition 5, the Tribal Government Gaming and Economic Self-Sufficiency Act in 1998. The following year the Tribe signed a compact with the State of California. Proposition 1A, the California Indian

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