By CATHERINE SHEN, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
2018-04-18 19:39:54 GMT
A hearing has been scheduled in the U.S. Senate for a bill that would allow the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to add more than 1,400 acres of land to its reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley .
The Senate’s Committee on Indian Affairs will hold the hearing April 25 to take testimony from the affected community.
If the bill becomes law, the land will be given over to the tribe through what is called a fee-to-trust transaction, annexing it to the Chumash reservation.
The property, known as Camp 4, is near the intersection of State Routes 154 and 246. It was purchased by the tribe in 2010.
The hearing was requested by California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, following a February visit to Washington D.C. by a delegation from the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition. (Click here to read the full article.)