Capps, Feinstein Question Chumash Moves

Thursday, September 26, 2013
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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.


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No problem taking land from the Indians, big problem giving it back...

zebu111 (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 4:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's only 143 voters.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Too bad Capps and Feinstein weren't around in 1542 when the Spainards took it from them!

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 6:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why can't purchasing the land fair & square, then treating it as it has been treated since boundries were put in place be enough? It has been open land- and should remain open land. If the rightful owners want to change the rules, follow the procedures put in place to protect all- go thru the Planning Dept and do as everyone has to do.

If following the rules, we as a County put in place, is too restricting- what is the point of making rules?

I am interested in seeing what kind of Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Force they are going to put forth, as a Nation.

losolivoslocal (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just for the record, ALL the land we live on in this area was in their historic region--everything from The Bereign Straight down to Tierra del Fuego. Have fun with the logistics of that one.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 6:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Jeez this Nation crap again. The Chumash like all other federally recognized groups have rights that are less than those of each of the fifty states. They have no power to tax and really have limited law making powers. No one cared when they were living on gubment cheese living on the worst land in the valley. Now they have money and therefore power and now the neighbors are up on arms. I hope they get as much land as possible added to the reservation. Then they should help the coastal band get their Federal recognition.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 7:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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