The Alliance is appealing the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) decision to accept into trust the Camp 4 property. The Alliance seeks to preserve as much of the Camp 4 property as possible, and in addition, seeks to ensure full disclosure and consideration of the proposed project’s impacts to the environment and community. The Alliance contends that the project as proposed clearly raises substantial questions as to the environmental impacts of the project, warranting full environmental review through development of an environmental impact statement (EIS). Only through an EIS will the community and decision makers be able to fully understand the impacts of the proposed project.
The Santa Ynez Valley Alliance has submitted comments to Amy Dutschke, Regional Director at the Pacific Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Camp 4 Fee-to-Trust Draft Environmental Assessment. Click here to read our 50-page report to the BIA.
In response to the Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to take into trust 6.9 acres in the Township of Santa Ynez on behalf of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians — and in unison with several other local citizens’ groups — the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance has issued a letter to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors urging an appeal to the trusteeship decision due to overwhelmingly negative financial and environmental impacts on the Santa Ynez Valley and County. Continue reading