While the City of Elk Grove and Mayor Steve LY are mesmerized by dollars signs from the proposed Wilton Rancheria Casino, it seems the champagne corks they are popping is a tad...premature. As we see in this letter:
The Wilton Rancheria is already accused of fraud by their own people, and GET THIS: In 2009, the city of Elk Grove and Sacramento County contested a federal lawsuit by the Wilton Rancheria that led to restoration of its tribal status. That seems to be an AMAZING change of heart, citizens should ask, WHAT CHANGED?
We've written about the BIA Director Amy Dutschke's family ties in this issue, so, do you believe in ...coincidences? And Leprechauns?
If the casino is built, the Wilton tribe has offered to pay more than $56 million over 20 years ($2.5 million per year?) to Elk Grove’s general fund, plus more than $36 million for police and code enforcement services and more than $26 million for road improvements and maintenance and community facilities. In addition, the tribe would pay more than $8 million to the Elk Grove Unified School District and other money to nonprofit community groups and programs. IF this is the tribe's OFFER...how much do you think they REALLY could afford to pay?
Stay tuned for more information, but citizens need to be aware that the Wilton Rancheria has harmed their OWN people, what makes you think they won't lie, cheat AND steal from....not tribal people?
What the City Council HEARD LAST NIGHT from Historical Families of Wilton Rancheria-Disenrolled members:
The wholesale migration of members of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians to membership in the Rancheria, including many relatives of Regional Director Amy Dutschke—necessarily calls into question the basis for that restoration, and the BIA’s administration of initial membership eligibility determinations.
The current leadership of this Tribe has no historic ties to Elk Grove or claims under the Aleck Blue family-Hicksville cemetery. In addition, other BIA officials, including relatives of Ms. Dutschke, are also related to members of the Rancheria, but have not recused themselves from working on matters related to the Rancheria that benefit relatives in the Rancheria membership.These facts raise serious questions about the current membership of the Rancheria and call into doubt the continuity of the current Wilton Rancheria as a historical, sovereign tribal entity.