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Editorial: Chumash Tribe takes first step to improve relationship

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

Newspaper calls on local officials to work with Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians on a government-to-government basis:
Finally, someone in the Santa Ynez Valley seems to be making a goodwill gesture aimed at improving relations between the Chumash tribe and its neighbors.

Tribal Chairman Vincent Armenta dropped an unexpected bombshell at last week’s Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting when he announced the Chumash are withdrawing their already-approved, 11,500-acre land-acquisition plan.

In Armenta’s words, the move is “not to appease anyone who opposes us just to oppose us.”

OK, so maybe the tribe’s goodwill gesture came with a hint of sarcasm, but it was at least an effort to bridge a gap between the Chumash and their Valley neighbors that has been widening dramatically in recent years.

Get the Story:
Editorial: First step is always the toughest (The Lompoc Record 10/20)

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