Trust

Group questions Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation land-into-trust bid






A view of the site to be placed in trust. Photo from Yocha Dehe Fee-to-Trust Environmental Assessment

A group called the Capay Valley Coalition is fighting a land-into-trust application submitted by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to place 853 acres in trust for the tribe. The group says it's not clear what the tribe plans to do with the land.

“We have no problems with the tribal members. This generation is fine, but who’s to say what the next generation does? There are no checks and balances,” Tom Frederick, who owns a vineyard next to the reservation, told Sacramento Business Journal. “Once it is in trust, anything can happen.”

The group has asked the Interior Board of Indian Appeals to overturn the BIA's approval.

Get the Story:
Capay Valley Coalition opposes tribe extending land (The Sacramento Business Journal 6/17)

Relevant Documents:
Yocha Dehe Fee-to-Trust Environmental Assessment (July 2011)

Related Stories:
BIA approves Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation land-into-trust request (06/11)