Why is Jackson Rancheria casino tribe buying a newspaper?

“The Indian tribe that owns Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort has entered the newspaper business, buying the main paper in Amador County in a move that strengthens the tribe’s influence in the largely rural community while diversifying its own economic base.

“The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians said Monday it purchased the 161-year-old Amador Ledger Dispatch and will fold the paper’s operations into the Acorn News, a competing newspaper the tribe created several weeks ago. The tribe paid $1 million for the subscriber base and other assets of the paper, said Rich Hoffman, chief executive of the tribe and general manager of the popular casino.

“Buying the Ledger Dispatch caps several months of turmoil and community intrigue surrounding the Ledger Dispatch.

“The once-a-week paper was purchased in 2013 by Tami Tran, a Bay Area media investor. Hoffman said much of the staff left the paper recently, including its longtime publisher, Jack Mitchell. Mitchell and the other staffers then went to work for the Jackson Rancheria tribe, launching the Acorn News.”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “Why is Jackson Rancheria casino tribe buying a newspaper?”

  1. They have the money and power to rescue a newspaper and its staff.
    How compassionate of the Mighty Miwuk.
    The name “Acorn” may signal a change in the news telling perspective from Anglo to Native.
    Considering the impact some tribes have on communities, both theirs and others’, these stories are woefully underreported and therefore terribly misunderstood.
    It will be interesting to see how the Acorn develops.

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