Editorial: Stop using every opportunity to battle Chumash Tribe

Tribal leaders, from left: Mike Lopez, Maxine Littlejohn, Chairman Vincent Armenta, Secretary/Treasurer Gary Pace and Vice Chair Kenneth Kahn. Photo from Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

California newspaper urges opponents to stop fighting the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, calling the tribe a key player in the region's future success:
Here’s the thing about butting your head against a stone wall — it’s usually the head that comes out a loser.

There’s been a lot of head-butting in the Santa Ynez Valley in recent years, as one citizens group or another challenges the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ authority to operate a successful casino/resort, and otherwise grow the tribe’s business and residential development plans.

Think of the Chumash as the solid wall, and opposing neighbors as the head-bangers. The end result is inevitable, an immutable law of physics.

The principle applies to one valley group’s latest foray into the legal wars against the Chumash. A U.S. District Court judge has denied the group’s motion that challenges the tribe’s reservation land rights.

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