A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by a Santa Ynez Valley group seeking to overturn the federal government’s decision to take the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ Camp 4 property into trust for the tribe. (Click Here to Read Full Article)
A Santa Ynez Valley group and three neighbors of land known as Camp 4 have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the decision to take 1,400 acres into trust on behalf of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash of Indians.
Meanwhile, an attorney for another neighbor, the Crawford family’s San Lucas Ranch, renewed objections to an agreement between Santa Barbara County and the tribe.
On Tuesday, Santa Barbara County chose to forsake its responsibility to protect the interests of the residents of the Santa Ynez Valley along with burdening all County taxpayers with additional taxes by approving its intergovernmental with the Chumash for Camp 4.
Fortunately, along with the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition, there are groups willing to stand up and fight for the Santa Ynez Valley. That very day, Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens(SYVCC) filed suit in federal court seeking to overturn the Camp 4 fee-to-trust action.
If this suit prevails, the Bureau of Indian Affair’s decision to approve the Chumash’s trust application would be reversed, and a more thorough analysis of the impacts of this action would need to be undertaken before it is reconsidered. Obviously, the cursory impact analysis that was previously undertaken was completely insufficient for any federal decision of this magnitude.
We will keep you posted on more developments as they arise.
As you always, if you have questions, need more information, feel free to send us a note.
After three rapid-fire meetings in the Santa Ynez Valley to hear public comments on the Camp 4 agreement between the Chumash and Santa Barbara County, I came away with the feeling this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The tribe has purchased every single piece of property on the north side of Highway 246 from directly across from the casino to the eastern edge of the Camp 4 property. The word “contiguous” comes into play because the BIA looks favorably on tribes whose lands connect to the original reservation. (Click Here to Read Full Article)