The Chumash tribe won a major battle in its efforts to expand its reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians today announced that the federal Interior Board of Indian Appeals granted their request to place 6.9 acres of land across Highway 246 from the Chumash Casino into federal trust.
As reservation land, it means it’s exempt from Santa Barbara County land use regulations, and the tribe can build what it wants on it.
The tribe says it wants to use the property for a tribal museum and cultural center
Many area residents opposed the effort, with some fearing that the tribe would use the property for a major expansion of the Chumash Casino.