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County to dispute Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust application

A view of the land-into-trust site. Photo from Chumash EA

Supervisors in Santa Barbara County, California, voted 3-2 on Wednesday to fight a land-into-trust application submitted by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to make a decision on the tribe's request to have 1,400 acres placed in trust. But supervisors said they will file a lawsuit if the agency takes action.

At the same meeting, the supervisors finally approved a law enforcement contract between the tribe and the county sheriff. The tribe is paying $849,000 a year for the services.

The agreement does not apply to the 1,400-acre site because it is not in trust. The tribe and the sheriff can reopen negotiations if the BIA approves the application.

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Chumash Contract for Cops (The Santa Barbara Independent 11/6)
Santa Barbara County Supervisors approve sheriff's contract with Chumash (The Lompoc Record 11/6)

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Canary: Doctor, lawyer ... uh ... (The Santa Maria Sun 11/6)

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