On July 2, 2015, the U.S. District Court granted a "Motion to Dismiss" in the case of "Save the Valley, LLC v. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians et al."

In a statement to the media, Tribal Chairman Vincent Armenta said: "This was yet another frivolous lawsuit brought on by the local tribal opponents. Unfortunately, a small group of anti-tribal folks in the community have made it their mission in life to oppose our tribe on everything we do."

The Honorable R. Gary Klausner, U.S. District judge, granted the Tribe’s motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and failure to join a necessary and indispensible party.

The Save the Valley lawsuit was based on an intentional misreading of the 1935 deed to the U.S. Government, which specifically says the property that the Tribe occupies is deeded for the purpose of an "Indian Reservation." The lawsuit was filed on April 3, 2015 against Chairman Armenta and members of the tribe’s elected government officials and sought declaratory judgment and permanent injunction regarding the tribe’s expansion of its Chumash Casino Resort.

For more than two decades, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has had to battle against local tribal opponents who have fought the tribe on every conceivable issue and non-issue. In previous battles, the tribe has prevailed and is confident that it will continue to do so.

Below are links to the tribe’s Motion to Dismiss order and other legal documents, the Motion to Dismiss media release and a series of videos on the situation:

Cert of Service [Conformed]
Declaration [Conformed]
Ex 1 [Conformed]
Ex 2 [Conformed]
Ex 3 [Conformed]
Memorandum ISO MTD [Conformed]
Notice of Motion and Motion [Conformed]
Proposed Order [Conformed]
Order Granting MTD 7-2-15-1
Save the Valley Lawsuit Media Release






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