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Santa Ynez Valley meeting on county agreement with Chumash draws unhappy crowd

The more than 200 people who showed up Monday night at a Santa Ynez Valley church to hear details of a tentative agreement between Santa Barbara County and the Chumash regarding 1,400 acres called Camp 4 were not happy with what they heard.

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9/29/2017

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9/25/2017

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9/3/2017

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8/31/2017

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8/7/2017

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7/27/2017

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7/24/2017

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7/7/2017

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6/11/2017

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6/9/2017

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6/7/2017

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6/2/2017

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5/6/2017

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1/20/2017

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1/17/2017

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12/26/2016

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12/24/2016

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12/16/2016

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12/12/2016

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11/30/2016

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11/28/2016

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11/25/2016

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11/22/2016

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11/11/2016

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11/9/2016

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11/6/2016

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11/1/2016

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10/30/2016

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10/28/2016

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10/26/2016

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10/16/2016

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10/7/2016

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10/6/2016

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10/3/2016

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10/2/2016

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9/26/2016

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9/23/2016

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9/15/2016

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9/3/2016

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9/2/2016

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8/31/2016

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8/30/2016

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8/28/2016

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8/27/2016

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8/26/2016

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8/24/2016

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8/22/2016

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8/20/2016

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7/27/2016

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7/26/2016

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7/25/2016

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7/19/2016

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7/16/2016

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article Chumash land bill moves forward; county concerned legislation will kill local talks
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7/14/2016

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7/13/2016

article Federal Chumash Expansion Bill Moves Forward
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6/29/2016

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6/10/2016

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6/8/2016

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6/6/2016

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6/3/2016

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5/24/2016

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5/18/2016

article Casino-rich California tribes use status to circumvent zoning and taxes, angering neighbors
(California) -- Call it Fess Parker’s revenge. For years, Parker, the actor best known as television’s Daniel Boone, was thwarted in his efforts to develop 1...
article Group Sues Over California Casino's Water Usage
(California) -- A tribal casino in California is facing a court challenge to its $160 million expansion from a group that says it will use too much extra water.

5/17/2016

article Group Sues Over California Casino's Water Usage
(California) -- A tribal casino in California is facing a court challenge to its $160 million expansion from a group that says it will use too much extra water.

5/9/2016

article Drought Should Limit Casino, Group Says
(California) -- A $160 million casino expansion will suck another 12.8 million gallons of water a year illegally from the drought-ravaged Santa Ynez Valley, north of...

5/8/2016

article KAHN: Band of Chumash Indians chastises Lois Capps
(California) -- Open letter from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to Rep. Lois Capps: The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians recoil in disbelief about your public...

5/4/2016

article A Eugene sculptor is tasked with honoring a Southern California tribe’s history
(Oregon) -- Eugene artist Dan Chen’s latest and largest project, a soaring golden eagle titled “Flames of Victory” surrounded by five life-size...

4/30/2016

article Kenneth Kahn Elected to Tribal Chairman
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced on Friday Kenneth Kahn was elected chairman in a recent special election. Last month, former chairman...

4/29/2016

article Kahn elected chairman of Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
(California) -- Kenneth Kahn was named new tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians late April 28 following a special election to replace Vincent...

4/23/2016

article Chumash Enterprises CEO Named Executive of the Year
(California) -- Holly Gagnon, CEO of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ Chumash Enterprises, was honored Tuesday as Executive of the Year by the Native...

4/13/2016

article Pair Plead Guilty In 2013 Stabbing Outside Chumash Casino
(California) -- Two people arrested in connection with a stabbing near the Chumash Casino Resort parking structure more than two years ago pleaded guilty in Santa...

4/5/2016

article MORON ALERT: Primary goal for Jones is to oppose Chumash casino expansion
(California) -- Karen Jones recognizes that she is a dark horse candidate for Santa Barbara County’s third supervisorial district, but still, she believes the post...

3/19/2016

article Armenta Steps Down After 17 Years
(California) -- Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Chairman Vincent Armenta announced this week he is stepping down to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

3/18/2016

article Chumash Chairman Vincent Armenta resigns to attend culinary school
(California) -- Vincent Armenta announced his resignation March 17 as chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Armenta is leaving to pursue a bachelor’s...
article Chumash Tribal Chairman Vincent Armenta Resigns From Post
(California) -- Vincent Armenta announced Thursday that he is resigning from his longtime post as tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. After 17...

3/17/2016

article Chumash tribal chairman Armenta resigns
(California) -- Vincent Armenta resigned from his post as tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians on Thursday to pursue a culinary arts degree.
press release Vincent Armenta resigns as Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
(California) -- Longtime tribal leader Vincent Armenta announced his resignation as Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Armenta was first elected...

3/16/2016

article County Will Continue Ad Hoc Committee Meetings With Chumash
(California) -- Locals debated the productivity of talks between Santa Barbara County officials and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, but everyone ultimately...
article Explaining the county’s impasse with tribe
(California) -- The Santa Barbara County ad hoc subcommittee did not break off negotiations with representatives from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians at a recent...

3/14/2016

article Tribe and County Still Debating Many Santa Ynez Valley Land Use and Housing Issues
(California) -- The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians have many land use issues that have both sides uneasy since...

3/10/2016

article Doreen Farr and Peter Adam: An Open Letter on Chumash Tribal Issues
(California) -- Contrary to statements made in the media, the Santa Barbara County Ad-Hoc Subcommittee did not break off negotiations with representatives from the Santa...

3/9/2016

article Supervisors vote to block Chumash parcel from entering federal trust
(California) -- Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted last week to oppose the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians taking 2.13 acres of land into federal trust....

3/4/2016

article Talks break down between Chumash, county subcommittee
(California) -- Talks broke down Thursday between the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and a 2-member county subcommittee after the parties agreed that little progress...

3/3/2016

press release Santa Barbara County Rejects Federal Trust of Chumash's Mooney-Escobar Properties
(California) -- Today the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash were informed that the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on March 1, 2016 to oppose the taking of the...

3/2/2016

article Chumash Casino Resort to hire 200 new employees due to gaming expansion
(California) -- A job fair will be held today by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to try and fill 200 positions at the Chumash Casino Resort.

3/1/2016

article Tribe, county return to bargaining table Thursday
(California) -- Talks between the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and an ad hoc subcommittee of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will continue Thursday....

2/29/2016

article Chumash Casino Resort looks to fill more than 200 jobs
(California) -- With its casino-hotel expansion nearing completion, the Chumash Casino Resort will look to fill more than 200 new positions during its Spring Job Fair...

2/23/2016

article Solvang to enlarge fire station for new ladder truck
(California) -- The plan to add a new single-chassis fire truck moved forward Monday when the Solvang City Council decided to draw up plans to slightly modify its...

2/15/2016

article Chumash Properties Earn AAA Four Diamond Awards
(California) -- For the 11th consecutive year, AAA bestowed the Four Diamond rating on Chumash Casino Resort Hotel in Santa Ynez, California. The award is named to only...
press release Chumash and SYV Youth Recreation donate $200,000 to Santa Ynez pool project
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has partnered with Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation to donate $200,000 to a local nonprofit that plans to...

2/13/2016

article Ojai woman keeps Chumash culture alive
(California) -- Hundreds of years ago, before freeways, buildings and shopping malls crowded the Southern and Central California landscape, Julie Tumamait-Stenslie's...

2/11/2016

article ARMENTA: Untangling untruths about the Chumash
(California) -- Whenever an ad hoc meeting takes place between Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, it unfortunately brings out a lot of...

2/10/2016

press release EPA Names Chumash Casino Resort WasteWise Tribal Partner of the Year
(California) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the Chumash Casino Resort its 2015 WasteWise Tribal Partner of the Year. The EPA honored 15 businesses...

1/28/2016

article Editorial: Betting on our future
(California) -- Here’s the thing about butting your head against a stone wall — it’s usually the head that comes out a loser. There’s been a lot...

1/27/2016

article Editorial: Betting on our future
(California) -- Here’s the thing about butting your head against a stone wall — it’s usually the head that comes out a loser. There’s been a lot...

1/20/2016

article Four Arrested in Alleged Oxnard Counterfeit Ring
(California) -- The arrest of an Oxnard couple suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills at the Chumash Casino this week has prompted the Sheriff’s Office to...

1/19/2016

article Chumash Casino Bus Accident Kills One
(California) -- A head-on collision between a Chumash Casino Resort bus and a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck killed Simon Ruiz, 52, of Norwalk, Monday morning on Highway...
article Driver killed in crash with casino tour bus identified
(California) -- One person died when a Chumash Casino tour bus and a Ford Ranger pickup truck collided head-on Monday on Highway 154 at Zaca Station Road, according to...

1/18/2016

article Casino tour bus involved in head-on crash, Hwy. 154 closed
(California) -- A Chumash Casino tour bus and a pickup truck crashed head-on on Highway 154 at Zaca Station Road just after 11:30 a.m., according to the California...
article One dead after crash with casino tour bus, Hwy. 154 closed
(California) -- One person is dead after a Chumash Casino tour bus and a Ford Ranger pickup truck were involved in a head-on collision Monday on Highway 154 at Zaca...

1/13/2016

article Chumash Tribe, Santa Barbara County Leaders Talk Fee-to-Trust Agreement
(California) -- Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians could be poised for compromise, with both sides coming together Thursday to discuss what...

1/12/2016

article Court finds in favor of Chumash on land rights, denies motion
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians won a court decision late last week when a U.S. District Court denied a motion by a group questioning the tribe...

1/7/2016

article High-Speed Chase Ends in Arrest for Carjacking, Assault, Vehicle Theft
(California) -- A Simi Valley man was arrested on felony charges late Saturday after a high-speed chase that began with a vehicle theft at the Chumash Casino Resort in...

12/28/2015

article Landowners attempt to cork casino’s water supply with 19th-century lawsuit
(California) -- The edge of wine country in California’s Santa Ynez Valley is the site of the latest water war. A group of landowners there are rolling the dice...

12/18/2015

article Chumash Question Santa Barbara County’s Assessed Property Value of Camp 4 Land
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is skeptical of the way Santa Barbara County has valued its Camp 4 property — and the taxes it must pay...

12/16/2015

article Delicious decisions: The Buffet at Chumash Casino reopens with a modern look and a bevy of cuisine choices
(California) -- Decisions, decisions, decisions. That’s the situation that faces diners at the Chumash Casino’s recently renovated, recently reopened, and...

12/14/2015

article Landowners Try to Choke Off Casino's Water With 19th-Century Lawsuit
(California) -- California’s latest water war is being waged at the edge of wine country against an Indian tribe planning a massive casino expansion as a group of...

12/12/2015

press release Chumash Casino Resort raises $25K at Toys For Tots benefit concert
(California) -- A night of country music fueled the Chumash Casino Resort’s 12th annual Toys For Tots benefit concert, which raised $25,000 for the Central Coast...

12/9/2015

article EDITORIAL: Chumash creating a legacy
(California) -- The proverbial “double-edged sword” is one with two sharp edges, but also something with both good and bad elements. We believe the expansion...

12/7/2015

article Chumash Dispute Taxes for Camp
(California) -- The Chumash this week appealed the tax assessment for the 1,400-acre Santa Ynez Valley land known as Camp 4. Five years ago, the tribe purchased the...

11/27/2015

article Mann: Salt-N-Pepa Party Like It’s 1999 at Chumash Resort
(California) -- The Hip Hop group Salt-N-Pepa played a sold-out concert at the Chumash Casino Resort's Samala Showroom on Nov. 19. The rap duo and their trademark DJ...

11/24/2015

article Attorney for Chumash Council: Columnist John Peschong got it wrong on Morro Rock
(California) -- John Peschong’s Nov. 1 Viewpoint (“Let Salinan Tribe climb Morro Rock for religious ceremony”) concerning the dispute over the...

11/2/2015

article Chumash Casino approved for temporary alcohol permit
(California) -- The legal age limit for visitors to the Chumash Casino have now changed from 18 to 21 as the casino has been granted temporary permission to serve...

11/1/2015

article Chumash Casino Now Serves Alcohol
(California) -- A temporary permit allows alcohol to be served at the Chumash Casino while the legal age limit changes from 18 to 21 years old.

10/30/2015

article Alcohol to be Sold on Chumash Gaming Floor
(California) -- Booze will be sold on the Chumash Casino gambling floor and only patrons 21 and older will be let in as part of a temporary permit granted by the state...

10/29/2015

article Chumash Casino Resort switches to 21 and over policy
(California) -- The Chumash Casino Resort, long established as an 18 and over gaming facility, is now limiting its operation to those 21 years and older as part of a new...

10/26/2015

article Mich. Court Says Tribe Must Face Casino Contract Suit [sub req]
(California) -- A Michigan appeals court unanimously affirmed a trial court's ruling that a California tribal casino cannot avoid a ticketing agency's lawsuit on...

10/19/2015

press release Chumash Heritage Marine Sanctuary Moves Forward
(California) -- Chumash Heritage Marine Sanctuary Moves Forward Nomination for proposed Central Coast sanctuary accepted The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

10/12/2015

article Chumash Deliver 80 Chromebooks to Santa Ynez Elementary
(California) -- Two classrooms filled with tech-savvy students at College School District’s Santa Ynez Elementary were excited to receive a total of 80 Chromebooks...

10/10/2015

press release 9th Annual Chumash Culture Days to Showcase California Native American Dancing and Storytelling
(California) -- The ninth annual Santa Ynez Chumash Culture Days, which is devoted to honoring and showcasing California-style Native American singing and dancing, will...

10/7/2015

press release Chumash deliver 80 new Chromebooks to Santa Ynez Elementary School
(California) -- Two classrooms filled with tech-savvy students at College School District’s Santa Ynez Elementary were excited to receive a total of 80 Chromebooks...

10/4/2015

article Inter-tribal pow-wow brings tribes to Santa Ynez this weekend
(California) -- Native American dancing, singing and drumming from tribes throughout the U.S. is marking 50 years of the Chumash Pow-Wow this weekend at Live Oak...

9/25/2015

article Pilots: Chumash tower could pose landing hazard
(California) -- As framers hang the final beams on a 12-story hotel tower at the Chumash Casino Resort, some pilots at the Santa Ynez Airport are raising concerns that...
article Chumash Offer $50,000 Matching Grant to Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute
(California) -- Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, which rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, has received a $50...

9/24/2015

article Chumash Leaders and County Officials Meet
(California) -- For the first time in a decade, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians formally met Thursday with Santa Barbara County officials for a public meeting...
article Dialogue Between Chumash Tribe, Santa Barbara County Off to Solid Start
(California) -- The inaugural meeting of minds between Santa Barbara County and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians officials yielded a surprisingly cordial discussion...

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