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IBIA dismisses challenges to Chumash Tribe land consolidation

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

The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has dismissed challenges to a land consolidation plan for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's consolidation area and acquisition plan in June. Opponents -- including Santa Barbara County and several community groups -- believe the designation will lead to swifter approval of a controversial land-into-trust application for 1,400 acres.

The tribe, however, withdrew the land consolidation plan. As a result, the IBIA said there was nothing to decide.

The tribe is still pursuing the land-into-trust application and has a bill pending in Congress.

Get the Story:
IBIA vacates Chumash land consolidation plan, dismisses appeals (The Lompoc Record 11/5)
Supervisors respond to Camp 4 bill (The Lompoc Record 11/5)

Interior Board of Indian Appeals Decision:
County of Santa Barbara, California; No More Slots; Neighborhood Defense League of California; Nancy Crawford-Hall; Concerned Citizens of the Santa Ynez Valley, Meadowlark Ranches Association, and Santa Ynez Valley Association of Realtors; Preservation of Los Olivos and Preservation of Santa Ynez; Save the Valley Plan; W.E. Watch, Inc.; Santa Ynez Rancho Estates Mutual Water Company, Inc.; Mary Kiani, Trustee, Kiani Family Remainder Trust; and Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 v. Pacific Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs (October 24, 2013)

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County votes to fight Chumash Tribe land-into-trust application (10/16)
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