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Chumash Amend Tribal-State Gaming Compact To Include Off-Track Wagering

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill today to amend the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians tribal-state compact, allowing off-track wagering to be offered at the Chumash Casino Resort.

Brown initially signed the negotiated amendment to the tribe’s 2015 compact on Aug. 2, authorizing off-track wagering on horse races at a satellite wagering facility within the tribe’s gaming facility. The State Legislature ratified the amendment by approving AB 3262 in the Senate with a 39-0 vote on Aug. 28 and a 64-0 vote in the Assembly on Aug. 29. It will now go to the U.S. Department of the Interior for final approval.

“This amendment to our 2015 Tribal-State Compact will allow us to add off-track wagering to our offering at the Chumash Casino Resort,” said Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “We have no immediate plans to implement OTB, but we are looking at ways we can integrate it into our gaming floor if we choose to offer it as an amenity for guests in the future.”

While testifying in front of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on Aug. 22, Kahn noted the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ desire to be approved for off-track wagering, as other tribes have recently, through a compact amendment.

“When we negotiated our new tribal-state gaming compact in 2015, we left in it a placeholder for a future off-track wagering compact, also called an OTB Compact,” Kahn said. “Since that time, other new or renegotiated gaming compacts have included OTB Compacts as attachments to their Class III Gaming Compacts. Today, we ask you to ratify the first amendment to the Chumash Class III Gaming Compact to add Appendix E to the Chumash Tribal-State Gaming Compact to permit off-track wagering on horse races at a satellite wagering facility on the Santa Ynez Chumash Indian Reservation.”

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 requires that tribes sign negotiated compacts, or agreements, in good faith, with their state governments to clarify a range of jurisdictional issues surrounding regulation and scope of gaming. Each compact must be negotiated with the Governor, ratified by the State Legislature, and finally, approved by the Department of the Interior. As of November 2016, a total of 74 tribal governments have signed such compacts with the state of California.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians owns and operates the Chumash Casino Resort, which is located on the tribe’s reservation on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California. The tribe also owns Hotel Corque, Root 246 and Hadsten House in Solvang, Kitá Wines and two gas stations in Santa Ynez.  As the largest employer in the Santa Ynez Valley, the tribe employs more than 2,000 residents of Santa Barbara County. 

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4/27/2017

article Santa Ynez Valley residents continue fight over Camp 4 fee-to-trust
(California) -- Residents in the Santa Ynez Valley are holding a public meeting Thursday to discuss their efforts to block the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians from...

4/25/2017

article Chumash Foundation a Gateway to Better Technology in Schools
(California) -- In an effort to upgrade computer equipment and resources in Santa Barbara County classrooms, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has launched the...

4/18/2017

article Funding increased for Solvang fire station extension
(California) -- The cost for extending one bay of the fire station adjacent to Solvang City Hall increased by just over $10,000, and with nearly $10,000 in additional...

4/12/2017

article Chumash support legislation to establish Native American studies
(California) -- Representatives of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians traveled to Sacramento recently to testify before the Assembly Education Committee in support...

4/7/2017

article Chumash move to dismiss Camp 4 appeals
(California) -- A legal battle over the federal government’s decision to take more than 1,400 acres of Santa Ynez Valley land into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of...

4/5/2017

article Bloodline: A woman fights the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to get tribal membership for her family
(California) -- While the recent news cycle has been filled with stories of U.S. politicians and their constituents taking a stand against “illegal”...

3/30/2017

article Annual Chumash Day Powwow Celebrates Malibu's Native American History
(California) -- The city of Malibu will host the 19th Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, on Saturday...

3/24/2017

article Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett performing together at Chumash Casino
(California) -- Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett’s "Songs and Stories" tour is coming to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Thursday....

3/22/2017

article Proposed bill would confirm Camp 4 as part of Chumash reservation
(California) -- New federal legislation was introduced earlier this month in an attempt to uphold the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Jan. 19 decision to place...
article Chumash Chair Reelected
(California) -- Kenny Kahn won reelection last week after completing his first year as chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Kahn ran unopposed after...

3/17/2017

article Kahn re-elected tribal chairman of Santa Ynez Chumash
(California) -- Kenneth Kahn was re-elected chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in a tribal election Tuesday evening, March 16.

2/16/2017

article A slow fight for tribal land: Santa Barbara County, Chumash prepare for government meetings and legal battles over Camp 4
(California) -- The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on Feb. 7 to take its land negotiations with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians behind closed...

2/12/2017

article Talking instead of fighting
(California) -- The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors seems to have developed a split personality, at least when it comes to dealing with the Santa Ynez Band of...

2/9/2017

article CANARY: Expect a response
(California) -- Did anyone notice I was right? It’s OK; I understand that the scrawling of a coffee-swilling, deadline-crunching canary isn’t at the top of...

2/8/2017

article Santa Barbara County Supervisors Hartmann, Williams to Negotiate With Chumash Tribe
(California) -- Although Santa Barbara County has filed a lawsuit protesting the placement of a 1,400-acre property into a federal trust for the Santa Ynez Band of...

2/7/2017

article Santa Barbara County Files Lawsuit Over BIA Action Involving Camp 4 Property
(California) -- Santa Barbara County has asked a federal court to intervene after the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs placed 1,400 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley known as...

2/2/2017

article County supervisors file lawsuit challenging Chumash Camp 4 housing development
(California) -- The Santa Barbara County Supervisors filed a lawsuit challenging the Chumash tribe's 'Camp 4' housing development. The 1,390 acre land in...
article Our View: Building on solid ground
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has been trying for more than six years to get property it owns made part of the tribe’s reservation.
article Dan McCaslin: ‘First Coastal Californians’ a Window Into Chumash Culture, Art
(California) -- In his foreword to First Coastal Californians, an up-to-date set of thematic articles edited by Lynn Gamble, UCSB anthropology professor Brian Fagan...

2/1/2017

article The Chumash Tribe celebrates Avenue Heights Apartments with ribbon cutting
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate the opening of the Avenue Heights Apartments in...

1/26/2017

article Chumash Acquire Camp 4 to Expand Land for Housing
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will begin expanding its reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley after it acquired a 1,390-acre portion of land,...

1/24/2017

article Bureau of Indian Affairs expands Santa Ynez Chumash's tribal lands
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced Monday an expansion of its reservation land in the Santa Ynez Valley. The tribe says the Bureau of...
article Chumash annex Camp 4 property into reservation
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced Monday that the tribe’s 1,390-acre property known as Camp 4 has been placed into federal trust by...
article Chumash Tribe cleared to build on "Camp 4" land
(California) -- A major bureaucratic step cleared on Monday in the Chumash Tribe's bid for more housing. Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn announced on Monday that '...

1/20/2017

article Chumash complete construction of Buellton apartments
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced it has completed construction of a new apartment building in Buellton. Construction began in August 2015...

1/17/2017

article Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians completes construction on Buellton apartment complex
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has announced the completion a new construction project. The Avenue Heights Apartments complex is made up of three...

12/26/2016

article Future of expanding Chumash reservation land uncertain
(California) -- If you’re familiar at all with the Santa Ynez Valley, you know it’s famous for its rolling hills and farmland bordered by country roads and...

12/24/2016

article Chumash Casino CEO’s toy drive benefits People Helping People
(California) -- Chumash Casino Resort Chief Executive Officer Holly Gagnon last week hosted a toy drive during a holiday mixer at Root 246 to benefit People Helping...

12/18/2016

article Toys for Tots Receives $25,000
(California) -- Thursday’s performance of The Nutcracker by the Moscow Ballet was also a Toys for Tots fundraiser sponsored by the Chumash Casino Resort, which...

12/16/2016

article Bill to Expand Chumash Land Dies Due to Inaction
(California) -- A bill that would have expanded the Santa Ynez Chumash Indian reservation by 1,400 acres died when Congress adjourned their session without acting on the...
article Chumash Foundation donates funds to help music students
(California) -- Some more music students at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School will be playing on new instruments soon as the result of a donation from the Santa Ynez...

12/12/2016

article Chumash bill to annex land stalls, to be reintroduced
(California) -- The federal legislation that would’ve expanded the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ reservation did not move through Congress, but the...
article Chumash land trust bill dies as Congress adjourns
(California) -- A House resolution that would have ordered the Secretary of the Interior to take 1,400 acres of land into public trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash...

11/30/2016

article Santa Barbara County cancels Chumash meeting, tribal chairman calls move 'political calculation'
(California) -- After two productive meetings, progress on negotiations between the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors ad hoc subcommittee and the Santa Ynez Band...

11/29/2016

article County delays talks with Chumash until January
(California) -- Two Santa Barbara County supervisors who sit on the committee that's negotiating land issues with the Chumash have asked that talks be delayed until...

11/28/2016

article MORON ALERT: From the grave, Reagan rips tribe's reservation expansion
(California) -- A lame duck bid to hand off 1,400 acres to a casino running Native American tribe in southern California is drawing fire not just from locals worried it...
article OP/ED: Fee to Trust Is a Bust
(California) -- Historically, Congress granted specific privileges to Native Americans to help impoverished tribes off the welfare roles. These privileges were never...
article County cancels December meeting with Chumash
(California) -- The December meeting of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Santa Ynez Valley Band of Chumash Indians Matters...
press release Santa Ynez Tribal Chairman Disappointed With Lack Of Progress With County
(California) -- In a strongly worded letter to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn ...

11/25/2016

article Chumash celebrate national Native American Heritage Month
(California) -- November is National Native American Heritage month. As far back as the late 1970s, Congress has enacted legislation and subsequent presidents have...

11/22/2016

article Why is Jeff Denham interfering in a Santa Barbara County casino dispute?
(California) -- As a Republican who supposedly favors small government and limited bureaucracy, it comes as a surprise that Rep. Jeff Denham has sponsored legislation to...

11/11/2016

article America's Original Artisans Go Back to the Land
(California) -- For nearly 15,000 years, the Chumash people have called coastal California home. Before contact with European settlers, the tribe occupied 7,000 square...

11/9/2016

article New coalition opposes Chumash efforts to expand reservation
(California) -- Santa Ynez Valley residents have long harbored frustrations with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ efforts to take Camp 4, a 1,400-acre land...

11/6/2016

article Guest Commentary: Making progress on fee-to-trust
(California) -- I want to thank Santa Barbara County representatives Doreen Farr and Peter Adam, and their staff for input and comments at our last ad hoc subcommittee...

11/1/2016

article Four Chumash tribes to host day of education, fun
(California) -- Four local Chumash tribes will join together to host a day of traditional Chumash festivities and education for their communities and the public from 10...
article Commentary: Taxpayers giving tribe a free ride
(California) -- If you own property or pay fees for services, you are on the verge being saddled with taxes and fees to overcome the loss of revenue caused by burdens...

10/30/2016

article Chumash Family Gathering Offers Glimpse of Tribal Culture, Customs, Stories
(California) -- Four local Chumash tribes will host a day of traditional Chumash festivities and education for their communities and the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

10/28/2016

article County committee sees progress in talks with Chumash
(California) -- Members of a Santa Barbara County ad hoc committee working out an agreement with the Chumash on land use and financial issues, expressed appreciation for...

10/26/2016

article Chumash and Santa Barbara County push forward toward Camp 4 agreement
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians met with the Santa Barbara County Ad Hoc Subcommittee for the ninth time on Oct. 21 to negotiate the terms for...
article Chumash Indian Museum temporarily closes
(California) -- Facing financial challenges, the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks temporarily closed this week. It should reopen in a few weeks, around...

10/16/2016

article OP/ED: ARMENTA: Looking forward to new, exciting era
(California) -- This is my first column as the vice chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Although I was recently elected to the tribe’s leadership...

10/7/2016

article Dare To Be 100: Pow-Wow
(California) -- Last night I attended a pow-wow while visiting a friend in Santa Ynez, California. Nearby was the Chumash Indian Reservation.

10/6/2016

article Chumash Culture Day to Showcase California Native American Dancing, Singing
(California) -- The 10th annual Santa Ynez Chumash Culture Day, which is devoted to honoring and showcasing California-style Native American singing and dancing, will be...

10/3/2016

article Native Americans spanning continent gather at Chumash hosted Pow-Wow
(California) -- Thick smoke of burning incense and the sound of bells on the regalia of Native Americans from across the continent stimulated the senses of all who...

10/2/2016

article GALLERY: Native American tribes come together at Chumash hosted Pow-Wow
(California) -- Thick smoke of burning incense and the sound of bells on the regalia of Native Americans from across the continent stimulated the senses of all who...

9/26/2016

article Chumash to host 21st Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow this weekend
(California) -- Native American dancing, singing and drumming will be on display during the 21st annual Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow coming up Saturday and Sunday, Oct....

9/23/2016

article CHAIRMAN KAHN: Progress equals success for county, tribe
(California) -- After taking the last six months off from direct discussions, the ad hoc subcommittee meetings between leaders of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians...
article Chumash-built aqueduct will become historical display in downtown San Luis Obispo
(California) -- Plans are underway to preserve a Chumash-built aqueduct found at a construction site in downtown San Luis Obispo. Chinatown Project developer Mark Rawson...

9/15/2016

article Chumash, Santa Barbara County resume negotiations for proposed reservation land
(California) -- After a six-month hiatus, Santa Barbara County’s ad hoc subcommittee has resumed public negotiation meetings with representatives from the Santa...

9/3/2016

article Chumash Contract for More Deputies; Expand Alcohol Service
(California) -- A new agreement adding two deputy sheriffs to the five currently contracted for the Santa Ynez Chumash reservation took effect on Tuesday as part of an...

9/2/2016

article New safety agreement between Chumash, Santa Barbara County
(California) -- The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the Chumash tribe and the sheriff's department, to...

8/31/2016

article Chumash wastewater used in battle against Rey fire
(California) -- Crews battling the Rey fire south of Cachuma Lake have been assisted by recycled water from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ tertiary...

8/30/2016

article Chumash agree to pay for more law enforcement
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will spend more than half a million dollars for the first year of additional law enforcement in an effort to...
article Santa Barbara County, Chumash Expand Law Enforcement Contract After Casino Alcohol License Change
(California) -- The Chumash Casino is now allowed to serve alcohol on the gaming floors, and in response, Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians...
article SB County Supervisors OK New Chumash Tribal Security Deal
(California) -- Santa Barbara County has agreed to a new, expanded law enforcement pact between the County Sheriff's Department and the Chumash Indian Tribe in Santa...
article County authorizes subcommittee to resume talks with Chumash
(California) -- A county ad hoc subcommittee that’s been negotiating several issues with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians was directed to resume talks with...

8/28/2016

article Supervisors to discuss Chumash Casino liquor license expansion Tuesday
(California) -- Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown is proposing the county enter into a contract with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to provide enhanced...

8/27/2016

article Incident At Chumash Casino Leads To Arrest at Gunpoint On Highway 154
(California) -- A woman arrested in a high-risk traffic stop on Highway 154 following an incident at the Chumash Casino Resort earlier this week is scheduled to be...

8/26/2016

article Chumash prevail in water rights lawsuit
(California) -- For the third time this year, a lawsuit filed by Save the Valley against the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has failed to succeed to trial. The group...
article Save the Valley drops complaints against Chumash activities
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians said a lawsuit over the tribe’s use of water and another over the Camp 4 fee-to-trust application were...
article Chumash Tribe Helping with Fire Fight by Providing Water
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has offered its wastewater supply to help fire crews at the Rey fire. The reservation has a plant that can produce...

8/24/2016

article Save the Valley still trying to shut down Chumash Casino
(California) -- Santa Ynez Valley-based land preservation group Save the Valley LLC is appealing a decision by the United States to remove a case by the group against...

8/22/2016

article Santa Ynez Valley Group Appeals Decision To Move Chumash Casino Legal Case To Federal Court
(California) -- A group of activists is appealing a decision that a legal challenge to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians casino expansion should be heard in federal...

8/20/2016

article Column: Family adventures in Solvang complete with little hands in mine
(California) -- Before I left on my family trip, several people said, “Be sure to try the bear claws. And be sure to try the fudge.” I did. The bear claws...

7/28/2016

article A new chapter: The Chumash look ahead to new leadership, a revamped casino, and a bigger reservation
(California) -- They were here before. Before there was Santa Ynez or Santa Barbara County or the United States, before there were casinos or environmental impact...
article OP/ED: No peace in the valley
(California) -- A lot is riding on the Nov. 8 presidential election, and members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians understand that all too well. For the tribe,...
article Robotics Camp in Santa Ynez Provides Engineering Education to Children
(California) -- 25 children from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indian Reservation are learning while having fun building robots. The children are part of a summer...

7/27/2016

article PHOTO: High-Dollar Renovations, Expansions at California Indian Casinos
(California) -- Tribes are doubling down on casino-resort expansions and renovations across Indian country — particularly in California. This upcoming weekend, the...

7/26/2016

article Chumash celebrate Casino expansion
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians celebrated the completion of the Chumash Casino Resort expansion project on Saturday during an invitation-only...

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