The Tribe is also seeking special interest legislation in Congress that would short-circuit the existing Fee-to-Trust administrative and legal process. If the bill, HR 1491, passes, this land would automatically be acquired by the federal government and held in trust for the benefit of the Tribe and become part of the reservation.
The primary Congressional sponsor of H.R. 1491 does not represent the Santa Ynez Valley in Congress. His constituents are 500 miles the affected area.