Oppose Legislative Annexation of Camp 4 - Oppose House of Rep. Bill H.R. 3313
(Edit Nov. 25, 2013 to include sample letters for use in communicazting to the below representatives.)
As you are probably already aware, the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians (Chumash) has now chosen to avoid for now their Camp 4 Fee-to-Trust (annexation) application submitted to the BIA and, instead, attempt the “legislative” route for annexation of Camp 4.
The “legislative” process requires someone in Congress to sponsor a bill to annex the land. Congressman Doug LaMalfa (California 1st District – Redding area) was lobbied by the Chumash to sponsor the Camp 4 annexation bill (H.R. 3313). The sponsor (LaMalfa) and 3 of the 5 co-sponsors (listed below) are members of the congressional Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, which will consider the bill. In slight simplification, because our congressional representative, Lois Capps, has voiced opposition to annexation of Camp 4 and not voiced her approval for H.R. 3313 to proceed in Committee, the bill has not been taken up by the Committee (the next step in the legislative process).
In order to pressure the Subcommittee to proceed with passage of H.R. 3313, the Chumash Tribal Council has prepared the attached 4 letters, all dated November 12, 2013 with each letter covering a different argument in favor of annexation. (The 4 letters are addressed to Congressman Doc Hastings, Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. The Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs operates under the Natural Resources Committee.)
CASINO EMPLOYEES WERE GIVEN ORIGINAL, UNSIGNED COPIES OF THESE FOUR LETTERS AND ASKED TO SIGN BUT NOT MAIL THEM. THEY WERE TOLD TO RETURN THE SIGNED LETTERS TO THEIR SUPERVISOR FOR FORWARDING TO CONGRESSMAN HASTINGS. In other words, casino employees, many of whom do not live here and are job-dependent, are being coerced by their employer (the tribe) to sign the letters and return them to their supervisors (who can report to the tribal council whether or not an employee signed the letters). A casino employee who abhors annexation of Camp 4 brought these originals to SYVCC.
Chumash 11-12-13 Employee Letter - Board of Supervisors
Numbers count! If even 1000 of the 1600+ casino employees sign the letters, that is 4,000 letters going to Congress in support of annexation.
THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW OPPORTUNITIES WE WHO LIVE IN THIS VALLEY WILL HAVE TO VOICE OUR OPPOSITION TO LEGISLATIVE ANNEXATION OF CAMP 4. IT IS GOING TO TAKE EVERY ONE OF US, EVERYONE, WORKING TO THWART THIS INVASION BY PEOPLE WITH NO INTEREST IN OUR COUNTY WELFARE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE VALLEY POPULATION HAS DEMONSTRATED THEIR DESIRE TO HAVE THE CAMP 4 PROPERTY REMAIN UNDER COUNTY JURISDICTION. THE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LISTED BELOW NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
There are many people out there that want to support our community by writing letters to the six Congressmen that sponsored or co-sponsored Bill H.R. 3313 --- but don¹t have time or don¹t know where to start in writing one.
I have attached two letters, a long version (Microsoft Word document) and a shorter version (Microsoft Word document). Please feel free to use either and to pass them on to anyone you think might want to use them.
The valley needs their voice to be heard in Congress. Please send your letter NOW in opposition to Camp 4 annexation, in opposition to H.R. 3313 to, highlighting the misrepresentations in the Chumash prepared letters: