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The Chumash Tribe is taking steps to try to insure that a controversial decision to designate 1400 acres of land in the Santa Ynez Valley as reservation land isn’t reversed.

In January, the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribes request to add the designation to the property near the intersection of Highways 154, and 246. Now, a bill introduced by Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa from Northern California calls for confirming the agency’s decision.

An effort by the Chumash tribe to fast track its efforts for a major expansion of its tribal reservation lands has failed in Congress.