With this bill, casino will be a jackpot for Elk Grove, Wilton Rancheria tribeBy Jim Cooper, The Sacramento BeeAugust 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm The Wilton Rancheria Tribe of Miwok People have traveled a long, hard road – a dramatic testament to their determination and will.Many of the tribe’s members died in the murderous violence against Native Americans that swept through California and the Sacramento Valley in the 1800s. In 1958, Wilton Rancheria’s federal recognition as a tribe was taken away and not restored until 2009. And only in February, after decades of struggle, did the U.S. Department of the Interior place land into federal trust for the tribe – 36 acres along Highway 99 in Elk Grove. On July 19, Gov. Jerry Brown took an important step in the tribe’s path to self-sufficiency when he signed a tribal gaming compact with Wilton Rancheria for its plans to build a resort and casino on the site of the city’s abandoned “ghost mall.” Like other recent compacts, this one includes a range of provisions, from oversight, labor and licensing, to environmental protection, public safety and community investment.