Organization by Miwok of Buena Vista Rancheria

Finding the Sovereignty of our Elders

Bea and June are the eldest known Miwok of the Buena Vista Rancheria. They are lineal descendants of Lizzie and Kaysus; heirs to the eldest son, John Oliver. Their Mother was from the last generation of full blooded Miwok surviving on the Buena Vista Rancheria. Bea and June are sisters, and their mother, Ethel was displaced from her traditional homeland at Buena Vista Rancheria in Amador County at a time when her survival meant finding honest work wherever she could.

The Friends of Amador County brought suit with the court case of Friends of Amador County, Bea Crabtree and June Geary versus the Department of the Interior of the United States and the National Indian Gaming Commission. The case began as an effort to stop a casino from being built on Coal Mine Rd. Bea Crabtree and June Geary were added in an effort to gain acknowledgement for them from the United States of America. The case was denied cert  by the Supreme Court of the United States.


Requests for “Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians,” to negotiate with the elders of Buena Vista Rancheria through mediation have gone unanswered. Indian Dispute Resolution Services Inc. is the Indian organization, willing to assist with mediation. Now, it is up to “Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians” to respect the wishes of the elders before they are gone. All we can do is write to landowner “Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians” PO Box 162283 Sacramento, CA 95416 and call (916) 491-0011 to ask them, to negotiate with the elders.