The Ione Band of Miwok Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Miwok people in Amador County, California. The Ione Band conducts business from Plymouth, California. The tribe is led by an elected council. Miwok people lived in over a hundred villages along the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, as well as north of the San Francisco Bay area east into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ione Miwok oral history says the tribe comes from the Buena Vista Peaks, south of Ione, California, when the Sacramento Valley was covered by water. European contact came in the 19th century, when Spanish explorers descended upon Miwok lands. They enslaved thousands of Indians. Smallpox and other epidemics hit the Miwok between 1820 and 1840....'
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