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County votes to fight Chumash Tribe land-into-trust application

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

Supervisors in Santa Barbara County, California, voted 4-1 to oppose a land-into-trust application submitted by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The tribe's application for a 1,400-acre site has drawn significant controversy. Officials say they are concerned about the loss of property taxes and the plan to use part of the land for housing.

The county previously voted to challenge the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approving the tribe's land consolidation plan. Chairman Vincent Armenta announced the withdrawal of the plan before the supervisors took their vote on Tuesday.

The BIA is taking comments on an environmental assessment for the application.

Get the Story:
Supervisors to Challenge Chumash Camp 4 Annexation (Noozhawk 10/15)
Chumash withdraw land plans; won’t affect Camp 4 (The Pacific Coast Business Times 10/15)
County to oppose ‘Camp 4’ application (The Santa Maria Times 10/16)
County Officially Opposes Chumash’s Camp 4 Dreams (The Santa Barbara Independent 10/16)

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Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe isn't taking away your land (9/26)
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