Rubber stamp is not what the BIA should be doing and local citizens should have some say in how their neighborhood shapes up.
Judge orders new review of Chumash
A federal judge’s ruling in the case of two community groups against the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ 6.9 acre fee-to-trust application has resulted in two highly divergent reactions to the news.
Both the tribe and the two groups — Preservation of Los Olivos (POLO) and Preservation of Santa Ynez (POSY) — essentially claimed a victory after the judge’s ruling.
POLY and POSY said in a written statement July 15 that U.S. District Court Judge A. Howard Matz’s ruling in Los Angeles July 9 finds the fee-to-trust process flawed and supports citizens’ rights to appeal.
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