A recent article referenced language contained in HR 1491 that “would prohibit gaming” on Camp 4. However, it is important to keep in mind that notwithstanding this language, gambling could eventually occur on Camp 4 if this parcel is annexed into the Chumash reservation. (Click here to read full article)
Denounces Unconstitutional Bill to Deny Citizen Appeals
(Santa Ynez, Calif.) In response to the House Natural Resources Committee today passing H.R. 1491, “the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Land Affirmation Act of 2017”, Santa Ynez Valley Coalition Chair Bill Krauch issued the following statement:
“There is a good reason the Chumash and their Congressional allies are seeking this extraordinary special interest bill that denies citizens and our county government the opportunity to challenge in federal court the Camp 4 fee to trust action taken in the waning hours of the previous administration – their case is weak and our’s is strong.
H.R. 1491 affirms the illegal transfer of the 1,400-acre Camp 4 parcel from fee into trust. The Chumash would be able to develop this land in any manner it sees fits in defiance of county land use laws and regulations. The land would not be subject to property taxes, which shifts the burden of needed infrastructure spending to all existing residents and businesses. H.R. 1491 cuts off administrative and legal appeals of this illegal land transfer. This legislation ratifies the illegal prior actions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and prevents impacted residents and our local government from presenting our case before a federal judge. This bill is an unacceptable denial of due process and justice.
This legislation is just another example of bad faith on the part of the Chumash Tribe. The Tribe has entered into negotiations with Santa Barbara County to address the tribe’s housing needs in a manner consistent with local land use policies. At the same time, in Washington, it is seeking federal legislation that would deny Santa Barbara County and impacted residents the opportunity to challenge what we believe to be an illegal action by the federal government that renders those local land use policies irrelevant.Make no mistake; this struggle is far from over. Last year this Committee passed similar legislation exclusively benefitting the Chumash. That legislation failed. The Santa Ynez Valley Coalition is committed to similarly fighting H.R. 1491 and pursuing our right to challenge the Camp 4 fee-to-trust action.
Make no mistake; this struggle is far from over. Last year this Committee passed similar legislation exclusively benefitting the Chumash. That legislation failed. The Santa Ynez Valley Coalition is committed to similarly fighting H.R. 1491 and pursuing our right to challenge the Camp 4 fee-to-trust action.
The mission of the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition is ensuring that the Santa Ynez Valley residents have a voice in land use decisions affecting our water, environment, public safety, and economy and opposes “Fee to Trust” efforts by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The Coalition engages in outreach and education efforts with policymakers and residents regarding the importance of maintaining local control of land use in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Member organizations comprising represent the views of thousands of Santa Ynez Valley residents and include: Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens, No More Slots, the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance, and WE Watch.
For more about the Coalition go to http://www.SYVCoalition.com
(Guest opinion from Santa Ynez Valley Coalition member Mike Brady)
An open letter to state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson:
The Santa Barbara County government and Santa Ynez Valley residents are making every effort to accommodate the Chumash Tribe’s stated objective of 143 houses and a tribal center.
At the same, we hoped that the tribe, as our neighbors, would accept the basics of land use in the Valley and, just as important, agree to pay the costs created by its intended development.
In February, as the county and tribal staffs were discussing ways to resolve the problems generated by the tribe’s “fee to trust” plan for Camp 4, the tribe sponsored AB 653 in the California Legislature. (Click here to read full article)
State legislation to expand property tax relief for all Native American tribes is stirring up controversy in the Santa Ynez Valley, especially because the Chumash sponsored the bill. Existing law exempts federally recognized tribes — as sovereign nations — from paying property taxes on all reservation land. But applications to increase reservation acreage often get stuck in lengthy appeals with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) bureaucracy. This bill would give tribes tax exemption on land still under consideration. (Click Here to Read Full Story)
Rallying local support in efforts to reverse federal annexation of a 1,400-acre parcel called Camp 4 to the Chumash reservation, the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition convened a town hall meeting at Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall on Thursday evening. (Click here to read full article)
About 100 people turned out Thursday night at a Santa Ynez Valley Coalition community information meeting addressing the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ effort to have the tribe’s Camp 4 property taken into federal trust. (Click here to read full article)
The Santa Ynez Valley Coalition will host a community meeting Thursday, April 27, to update area residents on recent federal and local developments regarding the fee-to-trust transfer of the Camp 4 property from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to the federal government. (Click here to read full article)
Community Meeting on Camp 4 To Be Hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition
April 27 Event Will Update Community on Efforts to Reverse Camp 4’s “Fee-to-Trust” Transfer
(Santa Ynez, Calif.) The Santa Ynez Valley Coalition, a broad-based community organization of concerned citizens will host a community meeting on Thursday, April 27th to update area residents on several recent federal and local developments regarding the “Fee to Trust” transfer of the Camp 4 property. The public will also be afforded an opportunity to ask questions at this meeting.
The Santa Ynez Valley Coalition opposes the “Fee to Trust” transfer of Camp 4 property and works to ensure that all residents of the Santa Ynez Valley have a voice in all land use decisions.
Federal action to take the 1,400-acre agriculturally-zoned Camp 4 property into Trust on behalf of the Chumash Tribe would give the Tribe the ability to commercially develop this land in any manner it sees fit irrespective of local land-use plans. That federal action is under challenge in federal court. [Read more…] about Media Release: Santa Ynez Valley Coalition Community Meeting – April 27, 7:00 PM
Two Santa Ynez Valley residents have filed a brief asking the U.S. Department of the Interior assistant secretary of Indian Affairs to pull the land called Camp 4 out of federal trust and convey ownership back to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
In their brief filed March 20, Brian and Suzanne Kramer allege the Jan. 19 decision to take the land into trust for the tribe is not final because it was challenged by them and two others — Lewis P. Geyser and Robert B. Corlett — within the allowed appeal period. (Click here to read full article)