Committee passes bill for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

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Legislation would place land into trust located in California for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

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U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), yesterday passed H.R. 317, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2019. This legislation would place land into trust located in California for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

“The legislation passed by Committee today will help a Tribe in California achieve its goal of placing ‘Camp 4’ into trust,” said Hoeven. “By working together and entering into a Memorandum of Agreement with the County of Santa Barbara, the Tribe will be able to develop housing for its members once the land is placed in trust.”

One amendment was filed to H.R. 317 and modifies the bill to align with the Tribe’s request of Congress authorizing mandatory acquisition of the land to be placed into trust, and makes technical corrections to align with the amended language.

The Committee adopted this amendment during its consideration of the bill. The Committee passed H.R. 317, as amended, and the legislation will now move to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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