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Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Look At Controversy With Chumash Tribe

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:39am

Santa Barbara County may finally take on the controversy over its relationship with a local Indian tribe, and plans by the tribe to expand its reservation.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors today are scheduled to talk about a request from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians for a government to government talk about the planned annexation, as well as other issues.

The tribe first requested talks in March, but with word that it wants to expand it reservation land by about 1400 acres, the county is now picking up the issue.

Expansion of the reservation by what’s called the fee-to-trust process is a sore spot with neighbors, because if the federal government approves the change, it would take away the county’s ability to regulate development of the land.

The 1400 acres of land is northeast of the intersection of Highways 154, and 246.

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