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house Bill H.R. 1491

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed November 28th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedMarch 10th, 2017

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Title

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017

Official Title

To reaffirm the action of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, and for other purposes.

Summary

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill ratifies and confirms the actions of the Department of the Interior to: (1) take approximately 1,427 acres of land in Santa Barbara County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, (2) assume jurisdiction over the appeals relating to the acquisition of this land, and (3) dismiss those appeals. The land is made part of the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation. The bill removes restrictions on the land pursuant to certain state laws. Gaming is prohibited on this land.
    While is don’t see why this land is to be “held in trust” for “the benefit of” I do agree that it was theirs to start with. The very least we can possibly do is return some of that land.
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    What is the purpose of this? Is the Tribe in favor of this? I need more info.
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    This is a small, almost negligible, step in restoring the sanctity of the land for Natives. Most Americans have little to no knowledge or understanding of how integral the land is to Native People's existence.
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    Does the government really need to step in here? If I want to have some land I buy it. Who cares who your ambassadors are or were. You have the same opportunities as any other American.
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    The definitive word here is “gaming “. The revenue from “gaming “ has the potential of being beneficial to the tribe. The government taking the position of defending against any law suits that may be made as a result of the acquisition of this land is wise. Yes I am in favor of returning the land to the native Americans what was rightfully theirs to begin with.
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    The Native Americans need more land.
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