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Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era
Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era (November 6, 2019)

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.


Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills
Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills (April 30, 2019)

A small group of Republicans are going on record as opponents of tribal legislation.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands (February 14, 2019)

A federal judge has dealt a setback to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation (September 5, 2018)

The cards continue to fall into place for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Native ancestor laid back to rest more than 10,000 years after burial
Native ancestor laid back to rest more than 10,000 years after burial (June 15, 2018)

An ancestor of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has been laid to rest again in California.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill (June 14, 2018)

A bill to place 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is closer to becoming law.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill (June 11, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is moving forward on Capitol Hill after years of bitter battles in California.


Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation (April 25, 2018)

After years of work in California and on Capitol Hill, two tribes are finally getting another chance to present their homelands bills.


Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.


Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change
Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change (November 28, 2017)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a major step forward on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration considers changes widely opposed in Indian Country.


Chumash Tribe finally secures county approval for land-into-trust agreement
Chumash Tribe finally secures county approval for land-into-trust agreement (October 31, 2017)

It took years of work and prodding from Congress but the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians finally reached a land-into-trust agreement in California.


Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight
Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight (September 26, 2017)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is close to a deal to end a long-running dispute over its land-into-trust application in California.


Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county
Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)

A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.


House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)

Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.


Bill in California offers tax relief for tribal lands going into trust
Bill in California offers tax relief for tribal lands going into trust (June 8, 2017)

Opponents of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians are stirring up controversy about a bill that affects taxation of lands going into trust.


Appeals court won't rehear Santa Ynez Band enrollment dispute
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Appeals court won't rehear Santa Ynez Band enrollment dispute (April 6, 2017)

Rosanna Miranda and her relatives haven't decided whether to take the case to the nation's highest court.


Chumash Tribe celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Chumash Tribe celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (February 1, 2017)

The California tribe has faced intense local opposition at the 1,400-acre Camp 4 site.


Editorial: County still in denial about Chumash Tribe's sovereignty
Editorial: County still in denial about Chumash Tribe's sovereignty (July 29, 2016)

If county officials want good-faith negotiations, they first have to demonstrate a willingness to negotiate in good faith.


House committee approves land-into-trust bill for Chumash Tribe
House committee approves land-into-trust bill for Chumash Tribe (July 14, 2016)

Only one lawmaker cast a vote against H.R.1157, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians Land Transfer Act.


House committee considers three Indian Country bills at markup
House committee considers three Indian Country bills at markup (July 11, 2016)

A controversial land-into-trust bill, a commission for Native youth and tourism initiative are on the agenda.


Chumash Tribe blasts lawmaker who opposes land-into-trust bill
Chumash Tribe blasts lawmaker who opposes land-into-trust bill (May 12, 2016)

The newly elected leader of the tribe is taking aim at Rep. Lois Capps (D-California) after she endorsed a proposed marine sanctuary on ancestral Chumash land.


Chumash Tribe elects Kenneth Kahn as first new leader in 17 years
Chumash Tribe elects Kenneth Kahn as first new leader in 17 years (April 29, 2016)

Kenneth Kahn previously served as vice chairman and will now be leading the California tribe.


Foxes brought to Channel Islands by tribal ancestors are unique
Foxes brought to Channel Islands by tribal ancestors are unique (April 22, 2016)

Six subspecies of the island fox have survived in the Channel Islands for tens of thousands of years despite being very closely related.


Santa Ynez Band Chair Vincent Armenta resigns after 17 years
Santa Ynez Band Chair Vincent Armenta resigns after 17 years (March 17, 2016)

The California tribe has enjoyed tremendous success, largely due to its gaming facility, but local opposition to housing, cultural and other projects remains strong.


Opinion: Chumash Tribe won't compromise in land-into-trust talks
Opinion: Chumash Tribe won't compromise in land-into-trust talks (March 10, 2016)

Short of some signal from the tribe that they are willing to make some concessions on the same value scale that we have made, we are not sure that there is any point in continuing the exercise.


Editorial: County undermines Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust talks
Editorial: County undermines Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust talks (March 8, 2016)

What this all seems to indicate is that the tribe will essentially ignore the county, and deal with the federal government on future land acquisitions.


Chumash Tribe upset by lack of progress in land-into-trust talks
Chumash Tribe upset by lack of progress in land-into-trust talks (March 3, 2016)

The tribe had to go to Congress to pressure Santa Barbara County to come to the table but the two parties remain far apart.


Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe battles opponents at every turn
Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe battles opponents at every turn (February 11, 2016)

We invite intelligent criticism — and therein lies the dilemma for tribal opponents.


Editorial: Stop using every opportunity to battle Chumash Tribe
Editorial: Stop using every opportunity to battle Chumash Tribe (January 28, 2016)

Think of the Chumash as the solid wall, and opposing neighbors as the head-bangers. The end result is inevitable, an immutable law of physics.


Chumash Tribe asks county to enter land-into-trust agreement
Chumash Tribe asks county to enter land-into-trust agreement (January 14, 2016)

The deal would be enforceable in court with a limited waiver of the tribe's sovereign immunity.


Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (October 5, 2015)

Hopes for the reburial of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, have been dashed by the high court.


Chumash Tribe and county finally meet to discuss land issues
Chumash Tribe and county finally meet to discuss land issues (September 25, 2015)

It took some prodding from Congress, but officials in Santa Barbara County, California, sat down with the tribe for the first time in a decade.


Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law cases
Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law cases (September 22, 2015)

Cases affecting the boundary of the Omaha Reservation, the immunity of the Kialegee Tribal Town and the repatriation of Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe are among those being reviewed.


County finally agrees to discuss land issues with Chumash Tribe
County finally agrees to discuss land issues with Chumash Tribe (August 26, 2015)

Chairman Vincent Armenta accepted an invitation to talk but warned of a potential distraction to the process.


Chumash Tribe asks county to come to the table to discuss land
Chumash Tribe asks county to come to the table to discuss land (August 12, 2015)

The county has previously refused to engage in government-to-government talks with the tribe.


Chumash Tribe paid $15M for 350 acres by land-into-trust site
Chumash Tribe paid $15M for 350 acres by land-into-trust site (August 4, 2015)

The tribe resides on a 138-acre reservation but lacks suitable land for additional housing.


Chumash Tribe buys 350 acres next to land-into-trust site
Chumash Tribe buys 350 acres next to land-into-trust site (July 24, 2015)

Chairman Vincent Armenta said the trbe has been trying to acquire the property for more than 10 years.


Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe defeats opponents once again
Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe defeats opponents once again (July 16, 2015)

Over the years, this same small group of tribal opponents has pulled many stunts for the sake of drama and attention.


California governor signs bill for Native language and culture
California governor signs bill for Native language and culture (July 15, 2015)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians supported the bill to expand the use of language and culture in classrooms.


Editorial: County must treat Chumash Tribe as a good neighbor
Editorial: County must treat Chumash Tribe as a good neighbor (July 10, 2015)

Our belief now and in recent years is that the tribe would be willing to play the county’s game if the county would fully acknowledge the tribe’s status with regard to sovereignty, and all that concept implies.


Chumash Tribe wins dismissal of suit over status of reservation
Chumash Tribe wins dismissal of suit over status of reservation (July 3, 2015)

Chairman Vincent Armenta cheers the rejection of the 'frivolous' case but anticipates future battles with local opponents.


Editorial: County stonewalling	 Chumash Tribe on development
Editorial: County stonewalling Chumash Tribe on development (June 26, 2015)

The U.S. Congress is trying to do something folks in Santa Barbara County have been unable to do — start a useful conversation between local governments.


The Canary: Guess what guys - the Chumash Tribe was here first
The Canary: Guess what guys - the Chumash Tribe was here first (June 18, 2015)

With the legislation pushing on one end and an application tentatively approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs pushing on the other, this story’s got legs.


Lawmakers slam county for poor dealings with Chumash Tribe
Lawmakers slam county for poor dealings with Chumash Tribe (June 18, 2015)

Conflict between tribal and local governments was on full display as the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs heard testimony on three bills.


Witness list for House hearing on tribal and Alaska Native bills
Witness list for House hearing on tribal and Alaska Native bills (June 17, 2015)

Two bills address land-into-trust issues for tribes in California while the third resolves a long-standing Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act issue.


House subcommittee sets hearing on tribal and Alaska Native bills
House subcommittee sets hearing on tribal and Alaska Native bills (June 15, 2015)

Two bills address land-into-trust issues for tribes in California while the third resolves a long-standing Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act issue.


Vincent Armenta: Setting the record straight on land-into-trust
Vincent Armenta: Setting the record straight on land-into-trust (June 1, 2015)

The goal of the Indian Reorganization Act’s is to increase tribal lands, restoring a small fraction of land that was stolen through history.


Chumash Tribe reaches fire services agreement with county
Chumash Tribe reaches fire services agreement with county (May 13, 2015)

The tribe will pay for a new firefighter paramedic position and a $1.6 million ladder truck.


Vincent Armenta elected to 9th term as chair of Chumash Tribe
Vincent Armenta elected to 9th term as chair of Chumash Tribe (March 17, 2015)

Also elected were Kenneth Kahn, who will serve as vice chair; Gary Pace, secretary/treasurer; and board members Maxine Littlejohn and Mike Lopez.


Military halted dig on island after questions from Pechanga Band
Military halted dig on island after questions from Pechanga Band (March 5, 2015)

Elders visited the San Nicolas Island and soon the tribe raised questions about the project.


Opponents not happy with land-into-trust bill for Chumash Tribe
Opponents not happy with land-into-trust bill for Chumash Tribe (March 5, 2015)

The bill was introduced by a lawmaker whose district does not include the reservation.


Chumash Tribe cheers introduction of land-into-trust measure
Chumash Tribe cheers introduction of land-into-trust measure (March 4, 2015)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) introduced H.R.1157 to place 1,400 acres in trust.


Opinion: Let's rethink federal policy toward tribal sovereignty
Opinion: Let's rethink federal policy toward tribal sovereignty (February 19, 2015)

The Enrolled Tribe says it is sovereign and above the rule of law. All other citizens do, and will, bear the burdens of the Tribe’s actions.


Chumash Tribe welcomes county sheriff deputies to reservation
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Chumash Tribe welcomes county sheriff deputies to reservation (February 12, 2015)

The tribe is paying for the salaries of four full-time officers who will be stationed on the reservation.


Vincent Armenta: You can't rewrite tribes and tribal sovereignty
Vincent Armenta: You can't rewrite tribes and tribal sovereignty (February 9, 2015)

Tribal governments have unique legal and political relationships with the federal government as provided by the Constitution of the United States.


Chumash Tribe contributes $225K toward new ice skate arena
Chumash Tribe contributes $225K toward new ice skate arena (February 3, 2015)

The tribe's name will appear on the scoreboard for the main rink at the facility.