In 2010 the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians closed escrow on 1,390-acres of Santa Ynez ranch land commonly known as “Camp 4.” The purchase of this ancestral land represented a significant milestone in our tribe’s history.

One of the primary goals of the Camp 4 land purchase was to build housing for tribal members and their families. Currently, only about 17% of Santa Ynez Chumash tribal members and lineal descendants live on our reservation.

The tribe would like to place the Camp 4 land into federal trust, which would make it part of the reservation. Placing this land into trust would be an integral part of accommodating current and future generations of Santa Ynez Chumash. It would create a meaningful opportunity for tribal members and their families to be part of a tribal community revitalization effort that rebuilds tribal culture, customs and traditions.

There are two ways to get land placed into federal trust – the administrative route and the legislative route – and the tribe it utilizing both options. 

  • At the end of July 2013 the tribe filed a federal trust application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • On October 23, 2013 federal legislation was introduced to take the Camp 4 land into federal trust on behalf
    of the tribe.

Click here to see a video on the June 15, 2015 legislative hearing on HR 1157, the bill introduced to Congress.