The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians believe strongly in helping our neighbors and strive to assist the community and the families of Amador County. As many of you know, we have been working hard over the last several years to restore the parks in your neighborhoods and have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful new people.  

One of those restoration projects involved Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock, SHP where we were honored by the opportunity to rebuild the sacred Roundhouse. A traditional Roundhouse is the spiritual heart of a Native American village and is a place for healing and ceremony for our people. Building one is considered a privilege that requires great skill and knowledge of age-old traditions.  Today, very few people still possess these skills; however, our Tribe is lucky to have some of the best craftsmen on the Jackson Rancheria’s, Native construction crew. These men worked tirelessly to rebuild the Roundhouse at Chaw’se in the precise and meticulous ways passed on by our elders. Our local people are now able to dance and continue our spiritual ceremonies as we once did and we are proud of the Native Crew for their hard work and dedication to this project. 

We have since offered our assistance to the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation and the Wahhoga Committee in rebuilding their Roundhouse in Yosemite Valley’s, Wahhoga Village. Years ago, their original village was destroyed, and now, nearly a half a century later, our Native crew is working long hours, away from home alongside our friends in Yosemite to accomplish this task. 

The Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation have called Yosemite Valley their home for centuries, but faced many hardships throughout the years. Without the support from the local community, they have struggled to restore what was lost. Beginning to rebuild their village will not be an easy task, but they are confident that this year will bring new promise. The Tribe is not yet federally recognized, but after many years of failed attempts, they aim to establish this acknowledgement soon. To become federally recognized would further assist them in their efforts to rebuild their village and preserve the Miwuk history and culture for generations to come. The Roundhouse project and road to becoming federally recognized will take time and is quite costly; which is why I am reaching out to you today.

I am looking to you, our local community to join in the efforts to help the Wahhoga Committee to rebuild their much-needed Roundhouse and to assist the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation in accomplishing their dream of becoming a federally recognized Tribe. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be equally divided between both endeavors. This project is very important to our Tribe, as we are excited for the opportunity to bring this gift of good medicine back into their lives.  

Monetary donations can be made to the Amador Community Foundation at fund name: Jackson Rancheria  - Yosemite Roundhouse, or at one of the many collection locations onsite here at Jackson Rancheria.  

May Grandfather be with you all.

Adam Dalton is the Tribal Chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians.