Two Santa Ynez Valley community groups have filed their opening brief arguing the merits of their case against the federal government in a challenge to an effort by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to expand their reservation. Preservation of Los Olivos (POLO) and Preservation of Santa Ynez (POSY) announced the filing Thursday related to a 2008 decision against the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding a Chumash application for a 6.9-acre property across Highway 246 from the tribe’s Santa Ynez casino.
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