Richard Gomez: Face the facts on Chumash Tribe's land plans

"At the anti-tribal town hall meeting a few weeks ago, tribal opponent groups presented a variety of scenarios designed to incite panic. The problem? Their information was based on fantasy, not reality.

Please come to our public meeting tomorrow night, Sept. 16, for a dose of reality. Beginning at 6 p.m. in the Samala Showroom at the Chumash Casino Resort, you can get the facts about tribal land development, placing land into trust and the tribe’s plans to build tribal housing on our Camp 4 land.

Rather than rattle off an entire list of reasons to be afraid of an elusive nonexistent boogieman, our distinguished panel of speakers will set the record straight and provide you with solid information on tribal government, tribal land and tribal housing.

I am confident that our panel will provide the answers to questions that you may have regarding the complex issues surrounding placing land into trust, tribal land development and tribal government.

I have been disheartened to see the continued attempts by local tribal opponents to tear down the wonderful relationships we have carefully built in the community. By harping on fabrications that they know are false, they are only serving to divide a community by deceit."

Get the Story:
Richard Gomez: Face the facts on Friday night (The Solvang Valley News 9/15)

Other Opinions:
Kathy Cleary: 1,400 acres: What elected officials say about fee to trust (The Santa Ynez Valley Journal 9/14)
Chris Beebe: Opponent of Camp 4 plan (The Solvang Valley News 9/15)
Harris Sherline: Listening to tribe’s plan (The Solvang Valley News 9/15)
Bob Field: Tribal annexations harm businesses (The Solvang Valley News 9/15)

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