Dear Concerned Citizens:
We have learned that the House Sub-Committee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will attempt to move forward the House Legislative bill HR 1157 early this Wednesday July 13. HR 1157 is a bill that will take into trust (annex) 1400 acres of prime agricultural land in the Santa Ynez Valley for the benefit of Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The 1400 acres is known as Camp 4. HR 1157 violates “Due Process “and our Constitutional rights.
The move to push through this Bill comes despite the fact that the County of Santa Barbara is in negotiations with the Tribe on this matter at the behest of this very Committee!
There are 9 administrative Camp 4 fee-to-trust appeals currently being considered by the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs including one by SYV Concerned Citizens, the County of Santa Barbara and one by a 10,000 acre Family Ranch that is contiguous to Camp 4. Congress needs to “stand down” on its efforts to move HR 1157 forward, Washington needs to stay out!
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW TO FORESTALL THIS ILL-CONCEIVED ACTION
Please contact the office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Lois Capps, Dianne Feinstein and the Committee members listed below and let them know you oppose this action. Attached is our letter to the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah. If you can please call and email the names below. A Groundswell of comment is what is needed
Thank you as always for your support.
Senator Dianne Feinstein: www.feinstein.senate.gov (202) 224-3841