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Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians elects 2015 Tribal Council

PLACERVILLE — The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians recently elected its 2015 Tribal Council. Four of the seven Tribal Council seats were up for election. Re-elected were Nicholas H. Fonseca, Hermo Olanio and Regina Cuellar. Bernie Gonzales was newly elected. The three other Tribal Council members are Allan Campbell, Veronica Holmes and Malissa Tayaba. […]

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians respond

EDITOR: I am the chairman of the federally-recognized Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, and I write in response to the article written by Cole Mayer about litigation involving my Tribe, Cesar Caballero and several individuals who claim tribal affiliation with him (entitled “Chief jailed over tribal name dispute,” published March 30, 2012). The article could […]

Shotgun assault: Miwok chairman’s daughter arrested

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people — including Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Chairman Nicholas Fonseca’s daughter — on April 4 on Miwok land in connection to an alleged assault with a deadly weapon and a marijuana grow. Deputies responded to the 5100 block of Little Brush Ridge Road in Shingle Springs […]

Proposed 29-lane gun range in Shingle Springs

EDITOR: A 29-lane outdoor commercial gun range and tactical live-fire shoot house is being built by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on recently acquired off-reservation trust land located at the southeast corner of Highway 50 and Shingle Springs Drive. The proposed range will be within 1,000 yards of two public elementary schools and […]

County Fire donates engine to Miwok tribe

The El Dorado County Fire Protection District donated a surplus fire engine to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on Feb. 26. After a traditional prayer, Chief Mike Hardy presented the 1985 GMC Beck engine, capable of pumping 1,000 gallons per minute, to Chairman of the Tribe Nicholas Fonseca. “It’s our honor to be […]

Compassionate care found at Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center

More often than not, medical visits are an unfortunate part of life — partly because they signal that something may be wrong, partly because the experience lacks compassion. The latter, however, is not the case at Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center. Located at 5168 Honpie Road in the Shingle Springs area (across from Red […]

Band of Miwoks fund mission

Three dental professionals from the Shingle Springs Health and Wellness Center recently returned from a weeklong mission to Honduras. The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (Tribe) funded their participation in the Rolling Hills Christian Church’s mission to support local medical/dental needs, assist with construction needs and work with a local orphanage in Tela, Honduras. […]

Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center: Healthcare for the whole family

When it comes to choosing the right healthcare provider, the doctors and staff at the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center know patients aren’t only concerned about themselves — they’re also concerned about their families. That’s why the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center is committed to providing personalized, compassionate, high-quality care for the whole […]

Miwok Big Time at Rancheria

The public is invited to the 19th annual Big Time Celebration hosted by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shingle Springs Rancheria in Placerville. Big Time is free to attend, offers […]

Injunction against Caballero granted to Miwok tribe

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians was issued an injunction against a man claiming to be affiliated with the tribe on Feb. 7. The tribe, which owns and runs Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs, filed a lawsuit against Cesar Caballero in 2008 after the man filed a business statement with El Dorado County […]

Original Shingle Springs Miwok

EDITOR: My name is Louie L. Smith III. I am a true Shingle Springs Miwok. The Smith Family is just one of may families that are and always will be Shingle Springs Miwoks. We are all related to the surrounding Miwoks from other counties. We are also known as The El Dorado Miwoks because we […]

‘Other Miwok’ Caballero returns to jail

Cesar Caballero, the man who claims he is the chief of the real Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, is heading back to jail after having recently been released. Caballero, 42, was sentenced to 90 days in prison by United States Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan after being found guilty of obstructing mail, a press […]

Miwoks? Who are the imposters?

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat’s coverage of the dispute about who can call themselves Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is incomplete. Specifically, there is more to say about the current actions of the small Band of Miwoks being sued by the Red Hawk Casino affiliated group claiming trademark protection of the name Shingle Springs Band of […]

Historic Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe

EDITOR: We, the Historic Shingle Springs Miwoks, are appalled by what is taking place by this band of indians who want to be Miwoks. There is only one Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe. All anyone has to do to figure out which tribe is the real Miwok tribe is look at the census records from the […]

We are the real Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe

EDITOR: We the Historical Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe are appalled by all the publicity. We are a recognized tribe of Congress and Department of Interior. In 1934 the Indian Recognization Act was voted on by recognized tribes all through out the United States. The tribes that voted yes got a rude awakening when they had […]

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Miwoks to open huge health clinic

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has announced Monday, Oct. 3, as the opening date for the new Community Health Clinic, located adjacent to Red Hawk Casino at Red Hawk Parkway. The 60,000-square-foot clinic, which includes two floors of parking, replaces the existing 17,000-square-foot facility located on Mother Lode in Shingle […]

Big Time at the Shingle Springs Rancheria

What: Shingle Springs Rancheria 17th annual Big Time Who: Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Where: 5281 Honpie Road in Placerville When: Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free Information: Malissa Tayaba at 530-262-2797 or Rachel Keola 530-417-6634 A group of young Indian women from the […]

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Miwoks get grant award

Congressman Tom McClintock announced that Community Recovery Resources Inc. substance abuse and mental health services agency in Grass Valley, the city of Alturas Police Department and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians have been awarded competitive grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Program. “These projects were selected for funding […]

Henry Fonseca

Nov. 3, 1923 — June 14, 2015 Henry Fonseca, 91, peacefully passed away at his home in Sacramento, Calif., on June 14, 2015. He was born Nov. 3, 1923, in Sacramento to Elsie and John Fonseca. The eldest of seven children, Henry attended local schools and graduated from Christian Brothers High School. After graduation, he […]

Concerned community welcomes gun range changes

EDITOR: The concerned community group opposing the 29-lane outdoor gun range proposed by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians became aware of the tribe’s press release when it was posted on April 17. We appreciate the tribe’s consideration of the community’s concerns regarding a 29-lane open gun range. Due to the serious noise and […]

Tribe’s gun range shifts to ‘members only’

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians will build a gun range, as planned, but its size and scope will be focused on members only. According to a press release from the tribe Friday, the tribe decided to develop a small gun range that will be open only to tribal members and their guests. During […]

Are you really trying for a hole in one?

EDITOR: After evaluating the distance to the target, I likely would go with a 9 iron for this particular one. Usually, a pro would approach the shot from the front to avoid the folks walking on the path. In this case, I am referring to nailing the back of a rifle range target from my […]

Like a good neighbor

The proposed outdoor shooting range on tribal land just off of Shingle Springs Drive has caused quite a stir in the community. The Feb. 24 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting addressing the topic saw more than 200 people in attendance, and we’ve received a number of letters to the editor on the topic. […]

Supervisors OK with Parkway delay

Ron Mikulaco, District 1, spearheaded a sometimes confrontational discussion during the March 31 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. Mikulaco wanted to use funds for current road maintenance and repairs rather than to hold approximately $2.5 million in reserve for the Diamond Springs Parkway. The money is part of an account collected annually from […]

Tribe addresses gun range complaints

In a press release issued on Monday, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (Tribe) said it is addressing the concerns of the nearby community regarding a proposed gun range. “We are investigating and vetting all concerns. We will not move forward with the project until all concerns are addressed,” said Tribal Chairman Nicholas Fonseca. Earlier this […]

Gun range near schools

EDITOR: Usually once or twice a week I have the privilege of driving my children to their elementary school, a very special school nestled in rolling green hills and under the shadows of century old oak trees. Sometimes it feels a bit like driving back in time. Shingle Springs is a uniquely beautiful place to […]

Shooting range draws fire, ire

Jackie Neau said she didn’t mind the noise so much. She’s more concerned with getting shot. Neau, a representative of the Friends of El Dorado Trail, shared her concerns with El Dorado County Supervisors Tuesday regarding a proposed outdoor shooting range on tribal land just off Shingle Springs Drive in Shingle Springs. She was one of more than 200 in attendance when the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians presented its proposal to the board and the community.

At issue is the tribe’s decision to move forward with a 29-lane shooting range on its land …

Speedway announces 2015 sponsors

As Placerville Speedway embarks on a landmark 50th aniversary season, it is proud to welcome Red Hawk Casino and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians as the official title sponsor of the quarter-mile clay oval that has been home to auto racing at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville since 1965. The upcoming season […]

Hula is a hip dance

It’s so hip to hula. Not only do the hips express a language all their own, but the flowing arms and gentle finger movements tell their stories as well. And the fast-paced Tahitian dances tell the tale in double-time, exuberance and joy punctuating each staccato stamp of tiny, bare feet. Three youngsters took to the […]

County, tribe join cross-jurisdictional courts

The judges of the Superior Court of El Dorado County were cross-sworn in to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court while the chief judge of the Tribal Court was cross-sworn in to Superior Court, a first in American history. At about 12:30 p.m. at Henry’s Steakhouse in Red Hawk Casino, the ceremony […]

Book drive a success

The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills participated in Make a Difference Day on Oct. 25 — a national day of celebrating volunteerism. Assistance League chapters throughout the nation took part in this annual event. In 2013, Assistance League members collected more than 103,000 books for distribution nationwide to hundreds of nonprofit agencies all dedicated to improving […]

Tribal Court and Superior Court ready to team up

PLACERVILLE — The Superior Court of El Dorado County and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians met recently to establish goals for a first-of-its-kind, joint-jurisdictional project that will create a collaborative court for juvenile and family cases. At its initial meeting on May 19-20, the groups agreed on a shared vision of improving outcomes […]


For the May 28 story on administrators of the year, David Publicover provided the following clarification, which we abbreviated: “David Publicover oversees a variety of Alternative Education programs. In addition, he oversees Adult Education programs across the county: for English Language Learners, for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians at the Rancheria, and for the […]

Four honored as Administrators of the Year

Four educators from El Dorado County were among the administrators honored by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 2, as Administrators/Leaders of the Year for 2013-2014.

Drew Woodall from Black Oak Mine School District; Joyce Boesch, retired administrator from El Dorado High School District; Hope Magliaccio from Rescue School District and David Publicover from the El Dorado County Office of Education received awards. Region 2 covers the nine counties of Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer and Plumas. Awards were given in 18 different categories of administration and leadership and those chosen were honored March 14.

Retired EDUHSD administrator Joyce Boesch was honored as Region 2 Retired Administrator of the Year for 2013-2014. The 67-year-old Boesch began her career at El Dorado High School in 1970 as a home economics and special education teacher.

Tribal, county courts join to hear family, juvenile cases

The Superior Court of El Dorado County and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on the Shingle Springs Rancheria will collaborate to create a court for juvenile and family court cases.  Two judges, Christine Williams of the Shingle Springs Tribal Court and Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury, presiding judge of the El Dorado County Superior […]

Chocolate is good for everything

What: A Chocolate Affair Who: Soroptimist International of Placerville and Soroptimist International of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door Information: 530-344-1476 or visit Not only is chocolate a delectable treat offering happy […]

New compact to aid Red Hawk finances

Assembly Bill 1267, a move to approve a compact between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, was ratified May 30 and is now awaiting approval by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The agreement, ratified by the state Legislature, was entered in by Tribe Chairman Nicolas Fonseca and Gov. Jerry […]

EDCFPD board hears Cal Fire pitch

The board of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District (EDCFPD) heard more specifics about a proposal for Cal Fire to run the district at its meeting May 16. Providing the information was Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan, who provided the board with an update on the district’s Request for Proposal to Cal […]

Supes get look-see at road plans

The El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors got a first look at its Department of Transportation’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2013 during Tuesday’s afternoon board session. Under the county’s General Plan, the board is required to update the CIP at least every year and coordinate each update with the “five-year major review of the […]

LAFCO clears legal block to tribe’s water

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians reported that its decades-long effort to have the same rights to water as any other user in the El Dorado Irrigation District is finally over. On Wednesday, Dec. 5,  the Local Agency Formation Commission, a local agency that determines EID’s service area, voted to remove restrictions that it […]

Steve A. Tayaba

Aug. 19, 1950 — Nov. 28, 2012 Steve Andrea Tayaba peacefully passed away at home with his wife, Karen and eldest daughter, Monica at his side. He was a private man with quiet stature, gentle voice and a warm hug. He will be missed every minute of every day by his wife, Karen, who cherished […]

Major transportation improvements completed in county

State and local officials, including Senator Ted Gaines, Tribal Chairman Nicholas Fonseca of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Commissioner James Earp from the California Transportation Commission, Caltrans District 3 Director Jody Jones, and El Dorado County Transportation Commission Chair Jack Sweeney celebrated the completion of two significant transportation improvement projects today in El […]

Caballero given second chance

Cesar Caballero, the leader of the tribe claiming to be the real Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, has had three months filled with pain. The pain of being assaulted, being denied access to a class on archeological preservation and not being able to see his daughter.

It started July 22, when Caballero was set to go to the class provided by the United Auburn Community, he said, with two of his fellow tribe members. Only one was allowed in, though all three had been invited to attend and had been confirmed via voicemail.

Caballero claimed that it was members of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwoks that operate Red Hawk Casino, who he called “tall Hawaiians,” that forced himself and the other tribe member out.

“We went to the class, got the materials, sat down. The tribal elder personally greeted us,” he said. But then the “Hawaiians” surrounded his table, he said, claiming that Caballero and his …

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Appellate Court says EID must seek removal of rancheria water restrictions

On Oct. 4, the California Third Appellate Court ruled that the El Dorado Irrigation District, which supplies water to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, must seek permission from the Local Agency Formation Commission to continue to do so, and if such permission is not granted, EID and the sovereign tribe must take the […]


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