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Santa Ynez Valley
Concerned Citizens
P.O. Box 244
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

LOIS CAPPS Letters & Request for Continued Opposition to Camp 4 Annexation

It is important that ALL OF US individually email and/or write our Congresswoman, Lois Capps, (https://capps.house.gov/contact-me/email)(Santa Barbara office: 301 E. Carrillo St., Ste. A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805-730-1719) and: 1) Thank her for her stand against annexation of Camp 4 (see two Capps letters below); and, 2) Emphasize your desire that she continue to oppose annexation of Camp 4; and, 3) Request that she stand firm in her resolve to not support HR3313 (House of Representatives Bill 3313 – introduced by northern California (Redding) Congressman Doug LaMalfa to annex the Camp 4 property via legislative action). FYI, copies of the letters sent by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to Congressman LaMalfa and Governor Jerry Brown are linked below.


October 18, 2013


Gerry Shepherd
Pobox 30
1400 Highway 154
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Dear Gerry Shepherd:
Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and its application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to take the property known as “Camp 4” into trust. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you know, in 2010 the Tribe purchased the 1,390 acre property in the Valley known as Camp 4, and has publicly stated that it would like to use the property to build housing for its membership and expand tribal government programs such as education and health care. In July of this year, the Tribe formally submitted an application to the BIA to take Camp 4 into trust. The application is currently being considered by the BIA according to the agency’s rules and procedures.
You may be interested to know that I wrote to the BIA requesting a 60 day extension of the public comment period for this application to ensure everyone in our community has an opportunity to review it and offer their comments. I also sent a letter with Senator Dianne Feinstein to the BIA asking for clarification about the Tribal Land Consolidation and Acquisition Area (TCA) approved by the BIA earlier this year. The TCA has since been withdrawn by the Tribe.
I know this matter has been a source of considerable controversy in the Valley. That is why I believe it is so important for the Tribe and the County to to attain agreement at the local level, and have urged both parties to work together to that end. Be assured that I will continue to follow this issue closely and welcome your thoughts and comments.
Thank you again for contacting me. As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. Do not hesitate to make me aware of any additional questions or concerns you might have. Please keep in touch by liking my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, signing up for my e-newsletter, or by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

LOIS CAPPS
Member of Congress


November 08, 2013


Kathy Cleary
3300 Acampo Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441

Dear Kathy Cleary:
Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and federal legislation that would take the property known as “Camp 4” into trust. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you may know, in 2010 the Tribe purchased the 1,390 acre property in the Valley known as Camp 4. It has stated it would like to use the property to build housing for its membership and expand tribal government programs such as education and health care. In July of this year, the Tribe formally submitted an application to the BIA to take Camp 4 into trust. The application is currently being considered by the BIA, according to the agency’s rules and procedures.
As you also know, my colleague Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) recently introduced H.R. 3313, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians Land Transfer Act, which would authorize the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to transfer the Camp 4 land into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Currently, this bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee where it awaits further action.
I do not support this legislation because I believe the issues surrounding Camp 4 should be decided between the Tribe and the County. I know this issue has been a source of considerable controversy among Valley residents and understand how important it is for the community and County as a whole. That is why I believe a locally produced decision is crucial to achieving the best results for everyone involved. Rest assured that I will continue to follow this issue closely and welcome your thoughts and comments.
Thank you again for contacting me. Do not hesitate to make me aware of any additional questions or concerns you might have. Please keep in touch by liking my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, signing up for my e-newsletter, or by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

LOIS CAPPS
Member of Congress

10.30.13 Congressman La Malfa - Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians

10.30.13 Governor Brown - Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians