Jackson Rancheria honors leader who opened casino

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians is celebrating two special birthdays this year.

The tribe is marking the 25th anniversary of Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel. The facility began as a bingo hall in 1985.

Margaret Dalton, the late former chairwoman of the tribe, opened the casino and paved the way for the tribe's recent successes. In her honor, the tribe is declaring her birthday, February 9, as Founder's Day.

Dalton, who died in May 2009 at the age of 69, will be remembered throughout the next year, a spokesperson said.

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