Chumash Tribe buys 350 acres next to land-into-trust site

A view of the Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust site in Santa Barbara County, California. Photo from Chumash EA

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has acquired another 350 acres adjacent to its land-into-trust site.

Chairman Vincent Armenta told The Lompoc Record that the tribe has been trying to buy the property for for more than 10 years. It's next to a 1,500-acre site that is the subject of a pending land-into-trust application and a bill in Congress.

“It’s always been important to us,” Armenta said of the new acreage.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the land-into-trust application for the 1,400-acre site but Santa Barbara County has filed an administrative appeal. A court challenge is possible if local opponents don't get their way.

H.R.1157, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2015, would avoid that mess by placing the land in trust. The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs took testimony on the bill at a heated hearing last month.

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Chumash finalize 350-acre land purchase adjacent to Camp 4 (The Lompoc Record 7/24)

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