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Opinion: Chumash Tribe makes casino workers sign petition


"The community is a buzz with the latest regarding “Camp 4” – the 1,400 acres in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley owned by the Chumash Casino tribe (Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians). Apparently, the Chumash Casino tribal government is using new tactics to undermine residents’ opposition to their plans to take the 1,400 acres under their control.

As we understand it from members of the community, there was a mandatory meeting for employees of the Chumash Casino and Resort with a penalty for failure to attend. At this meeting the employees were asked to sign a petition stating their support for the Chumash Casino tribe’s plans on Camp 4.

One employee told a friend that he signed the petition because he needed the job."

Get the Story:
Kathy Cleary: Opinion: Who will get the signatures – Gallegly, Santa Barbara supervisors, or Gov. Brown? (The Capitol Weekly 11/10)

Another Opinion:
Susan Tate: Tribe plan is criticized (The Solvang Valley News 11/10)