Attached is an article that discusses the Patchak case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. This case is relevant to the situation in the Santa Ynez Valley with the Chumash’s efforts to add the Camp 4 property to their reservation. In Patchak case, Congress intervened and affirmed a federal trust that would allow gaming for a Michigan Tribe. This is similar to what the Chumash are trying to do in Congress with Camp 4. This case bears watching.
Law360, New York (August 28, 2017, 5:51 PM EDT) The public is often baffled by the cases that the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear out of the hundreds presented yearly. So are many lawyers and legal scholars. This term, for example, the question of who a baker must bake a cake for has arisen to the level of constitutional importance. On the other hand, the relatively unknown case of Patchak v. Zinke gets none of the notoriety in the media or the public eye, yet it is probably one of the more important cases that have been decided by the court since Marbury v. Madison defined the parameters of the three branches of our government over 210 years ago. That landmark decision established the law of the land, making clear the critical need for maintaining the system of checks and balances and separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches, as well as the rights and protections for the people of the United States for whom the Constitution was written. (Click here to read the full article.)
A recent editorial asserted that the Chumash tribe’s willingness to negotiate with Santa Barbara County regarding future land uses “was at minimum a show of good faith. …” However, it is evident the Chumash are acting in remarkably bad faith. (Click here to read full article)
Chumash Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn stated that “the federal government would closely regulate construction on Camp 4 should the land become part of the tribe’s reservation.” What does the federal government know about the Santa Ynez Valley’s general plan? (Click Here to read full article)