New Indian casino to be built in California

Jan 19, 2009 7:34 PM
by Ray Poirier | It took four years for the federal court to rule but the final decision eliminates all challenges to a casino proposed for Amador County, California, by the Me-Wuk Indians of the Buena Vista Rancheria.

All five of them!

Actually, diseases killed off most of the tribe during the famed Gold Rush Days in California so that by the end of the 19th century only the family of Casus Oliver survived. His direct lineal descendents were Louis and Annie Oliver who sustained a home on the 67-acre reservation that was officially listed in the Federal Register in 1985.

Now, carrying on the Me-Wuk tribal traditions is their great-great granddaughter Rhonda L. Morningstar Pope (pictured above) and her children.

The family’s plan, strongly opposed by their neighbors in Amador County, is to build a casino of 130,000 square feet that will house 1,150 slot machines and 40 table games. The project, to be completed in 14 months, is expected to create 800 jobs.

The casino will be about 36 miles from Stockton, California.