Jackson Rancheria Band Buys Local Newspaper


The first Volcano Weekly Ledger newspapers were printed 161 years ago in a small California mining town. Now the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians has purchased what was later renamed the Amador Ledger Dispatch for $1.2 million. The tribe will merge the weekly newspaper into its newly existing Acorn News, reported the Calaveras Enterprise.

The Sacramento Bee calls the tribe's move one "that strengthens the tribe’s influence in the largely rural community while diversifying its own economic base."

The first issue of the expanded Acorn News will go out tomorrow, Friday, November 4. The Acorn News, staffed by 10, will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays, and will be affiliated with the Associated Press.

The Jackson Rancheria Bank of Miwuk Indians owns and operates Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in Jackson, Calif. Acorn News publisher Jack Mitchell said the paper will operate without bias despite its connection to the tribal casino, and its coverage of competing gaming facilities. "In my very first meeting, the very first item presented was journalistic integrity," Mitchell told Calaveras Enterprise. "This is run separately and we’re going to run it as its own entity."

"It is our hope that the Acorn News will be a valued gift to our community," said Adam Dalton, chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians. "The Acorn News will be staffed by talented journalists who have decades of experience and are deeply committed to journalistic independence."


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