Group sues to halt Amador County tribal casino

Ione, California (AP) Feb. 2010

A group is trying to halt construction of a casino in Amador County by arguing that the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is not a true tribe.

The anti-casino group Friends of Amador County filed suit recently in U.S. District Court in Sacramento seeking to quash approvals for the 950-slot facility.

The group claims historical records show the casino site is land inhabited by the remnants of many tribes who lack a common history and language.

The tribe’s Web site says Me-Wuk Indians have lived on the 67-acre parcel since at least 1817. The federal government has recognized the tribe since 1985.

A federal court last year dismissed Amador County’s lawsuit challenging the tribe’s legitimacy. The tribe said they believed the latest lawsuit would also be dismissed.