WEATHER »

Capps, Feinstein Question Chumash Moves


Last week, with many in the Santa Ynez Valley worried about their properties being included in the Chumash tribe’s federally approved “Tribal Consolidation Area,” or TCA, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Lois Capps sent a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to see what the designation on the 11,500 acres of land actually means. In the letter, the legislators assert that they have not taken a position on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ attempt to annex into their reservation the 1,400-acre Camp 4 property — which is what prompted the TCA in the first place, presumably as a way for the tribe to show that Camp 4 is in their historic region — but request clarification on more than 10 distinct issues, from understanding how it was granted and what other tribes have applied, to inquiring whether it will affect water rights, property values, and existing regulations.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Morning Train Runs On Time and Roomy

Twelve weeks after start of commuter service, train is less than half full.

Alleged Butane Honey Oil Dealer Arrested

Dylan Sulit-Swalley was paroled from Pelican Bay State Prison last year.

Crying Children Audibly Illustrate Border Crisis

Inhumane separation of families protested by everyone from Melania Trump to Xavier Becerra.

Two Injured in Alleged DUI Collision

Pedestrians, ages 91 and 50, were walking near Linden Avenue at Ninth Street in Carpinteria.

Carpinterians Gather to Protest Border Policy

'Families are the building block of our entire society,' said Carpinteria Mayor Fred Shaw.