Opinion: Far-away lawmaker introduces bill for Chumash Tribe

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

Reader wonders why Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) introduced a bill to place 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians:
Regarding Congressman Lamalfa and the Chumash 1,400-acre expansion legislation, Congressman Lamalfa is a Republican representing a district in Northern California, at the Oregon border.

As a Republican, I hope he toes the party line on big-government issues and federal incursions into state and local issues.

Lamalfa lives 600 miles and a world away from Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley. I suspect he could find Santa Barbara on a map, but doubt he could find the junction of highways 154 and 246 without a Garmin or Google maps.

Lamalfa is the sponsor of House Resolution 3313, which would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take that land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, and for other purposes.

Get the Story:
Mark Preston: Pulling strings from afar on tribe land deal (The Santa Ynez Valley News 10/31)

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