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The facts about Wilton Rancheria’s casino project

By Raymond C. Hitchcock Special to The Bee February 16, 2017

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.

Yes, we have a legal right to build our resort and casino project. But such a narrow view crassly devalues the larger point of long-denied justice for the once-flourishing Miwok people in the Central Valley.


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.

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