Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Chumash

Citing a lack of jurisdiction and sovereignty laws, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Santa Ynez Valley residents against the Chumash over the tribe’s proposed casino expansion. “Unfortunately, a small group of anti-tribal folks in the community have made it their mission in life to oppose our tribe on everything we do,” said tribal chair Vincent Armenta. The group, calling themselves Save the Valley, unsuccessfully sued the Chumash in July 2014 over the annexation of Camp 4.

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