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Groups take Chumash Tribe's land consolidation plan to IBIA






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 Interior Board of Indian Appeals will hear challenges to a land consolidation plan for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's consolidation area and acquisition plan in June. Opponents -- including Santa Barbara County and community groups -- believe the designation will lead to approval of a controversial land-into-trust application.

The application covers a 1,400-acre site that the tribe plans to use for housing and other purposes. The property falls under the 11,500-acre land consolidation area.

The IBIA has consolidated appeals of the plan.

Get the Story:
Appeals board consolidates challenges of land plan (The Solvang Valley News 10/10)

An Opinion:
Caryn Cantella: Council vote is criticized (The Santa Maria Times 10/10)

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