Friday, February 17, 2017

Wilton Rancheria Chairman Hitchcock Tells PART of the Elk Grove Casino Story

But he doesn't TELL ALL OF IT in the Sacramento BEE.    Like, how did a non member (after disenrollment) cemetery become "tribal land".   Lots of questions still.

After 58 years of struggle, Wilton Rancheria is no longer a landless tribe. The placing of 36 acres of land in Elk Grove into federal trust is a testament to the persistence and courage of our members.

And it obscures the fact that this project not only means self-sufficiency and opportunity for the tribe, but jobs, growth and lasting benefits for Elk Grove and the Sacramento region. We care about the community because we are part of it. The vast majority of our 700 members live in Sacramento County; many of them are longtime Elk Grove residents.

Read more here:

There would be MORE members, if they hadn't disenrolled rightful members.

Read what HRVMI Chairwoman Lisa Jimenez had to say to the Elk Grove City Council Meeting

Shorty after Wilton Rancheria received federal recognition many of Ione Tribal members from Amador County relinquished their membership from the Ione Band in order to enroll in the Wilton tribe. These Ione members now Wilton Rancheria members are Amy Dutschke family members. Amy Dutschke is the Pacific Regional Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian affairs who is fast tracking the Wilton Tribes fee-to-trust application. These members want a Casino, that why they switched tribes because Wilton's Casino proposal was moving quickly.
Ms. Dutschke's family voted to disenroll our families allowing them to move into leadership at the Wilton Tribe.

It's NOT a done deal people...lots of questions that should be asked and answered.

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