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County challenges Chumash Tribe's land consolidation plan






Map shows land consolidation area for Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, including proposed trust land acquisition. Image from Camp 4 Fee-to-Trust Environmental Assessment

The board of supervisors in Santa Barbara County, California, voted 4-1 to appeal a land consolidation plan for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's consolidation area and acquisition plan in June. County officials believe the action makes it easier for the tribe to acquire an additional 1,400 acres in trust.

The tribe has filed an application for the 1,400 acres. A decision hasn't been made but an appeal of the land consolidation plan could slow down the process.

News reports didn't say whether the appeal will take place in federal court or through the BIA's administrative review process.

Get the Story:
Supervisors to Appeal Decision on Chumash Land Expansion (Noozhawk 9/10)
Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Appeal Decision on Chumash Land Expansion (KCOY 9/10)
SB County Supervisors to appeal tribe’s consolidation agreement (The Santa Maria Times 9/11)

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