TAKE ACTION - Write Letters to Bureau of Indian Affairs - Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians - Notices of Application - Comment Period

posted May 6, 2016, 12:18 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated May 6, 2016, 12:18 PM ]
Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please see email below from Supervisor Ranalli's office.

We are asking that you write letters to request that the Bureau of Indian Affairs deny the Tribe's application to put more parcels into Trust.  Reasons for denial include:  

1) The process is broken and needs improvement so that tribes cannot abuse their sovereignty;  
2) The Tribal Council is developing projects that are adversarial to local zoning laws and regulations;  
3) The Tribal Council continues to break its obligations of its State Compact to be a good neighbor in Shingle Springs and El Dorado County; and
4) The Tribal Council previously did a bait and switch when it stated in its 2006 Fee-to-Trust application that it would develop parcels for a health facility and houses, but instead have developed a gun range and motocross track - and has announced plans to build over 100,000 square feet of commercial development, including a gas station, all within a rural, residential neighborhood.

Please send your letter ASAP so that it is received no later than May 30 to: 

Ms. Amy Dutschke, Regional Director
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Pacific Regional Office
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

Subject Line:  Trust Application - Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

URGENT!  Include this statement in your letter:  "As a resident of El Dorado County I am submitting this letter by the May 30, 2016 deadline that was extended to the County of El Dorado."

Also send a copy of your letter to:

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors via Mail 
<bosone@edcgov.us>, <bostwo@edcgov.us>, <bosthree@edcgov.us>, <bosfour@edcgov.us>, <bosfive@edcgov.us>, <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

Congressman Tom McClintock
Use this email submittal form:  https://mcclintock.house.gov/contact/email-me

Office of US Senator Feinstein

Sara J. Drake, Deputy Attorney General
State of California
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Lastly, if you would like more information about this issue, please visit these websites:  www.eldoradocouncil.org and www.gunrangeinfo.com.

Thank you,

Lori Parlin on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino's Mill Creek, and Stop Tilden Park
  Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

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From: brenda.bailey@edcgov.us [mailto:brenda.bailey@edcgov.us] On Behalf Of The BOSFOUR
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1:26 PM
Subject: [Bulk] Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians - Notices of Application - Comment Period
Good Afternoon,
As part of the Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Board of Supervisors meeting agenda, the Board reviewed the two (2) Notices of (Non-Gaming) Land Acquisition Application submitted by the Shingle Springs Rancheria Band of Miwok Indians to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs to have real property accepted into trust for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians by the Unites States of America.  
The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs did review these applications and has released a Notice of Application for each of the two (2) Applications and is now seeking comments on the proposed acquisition. The County of El Dorado has 30 days to provide written comments to the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding the proposed acquisition.  Copies of each of the two (2) Notices is attached for your review. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SYfsvp_87XRWVzU3JLS0Y4MUk/view?usp=sharing) and (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SYfsvp_87Xa3M4enV0ckd1NFE/view?usp=sharing)
The Board provided direction to the Chief Administrative Officer to work in cooperation with County Counsel to coordinate and prepare to submit within the 30-day comment period, a comprehensive response on behalf of the County that incorporates the assessed impacts of the Federal Government accepting the specified parcels "in trust" that includes, but is not limited to, confirmation of the Legal Land Descriptions/Site Locations as provided within the two (2) Notices, assessment of the impact from the removal of the specified parcels from the tax roll, impact to surrounding land use and infrastructure, and impact to the delivery of County Services.  
The Board also authorized the Chairman's signature on a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to formally request a 30-day extension on the comment period.  A copy of the executed letter is attached for your information  (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SYfsvp_87XZEliLTNuM2ctVGM/view?usp=sharing).  
As part of this effort, Supervisor Ranalli requests that members of the community who wish to submit comments regarding the proposed acquisition, can submit comments either directly to his office and/or directly to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Comments submitted to Supervisor Ranalli will be forwarded immediately to County Counsel and the Chief Administrative Office to be included in the process to develop the County's response to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Comments can be submitted to Supervisor Ranalli as follows:
Email:  BOSFOUR@edcgov.us
Subject:  Trust Application Comments
Or, via US Mail:  Supervisor Michael Ranalli, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667
Comments can also be submitted directly to the Bureau of Indian Affairs:  Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.
Please note that until the Bureau of Indian Affairs reviews and considers the County's request for the additional 30 days to provide comment, the County, as of this date, has now approximately three weeks to prepare comments.  For this reason, if you wish to provide comments, please submit your comments as soon as possible as provided above.
The Board of Supervisors April 19, 2016, meeting agenda and minutes can be accessed directly using the following link (please make certain that the drop down boxes contain "2016" and "Board of Supervisors"):
Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you have any questions.
Thank you,
Brenda Bailey
Assistant to Supervisor Ranalli
Board of Supervisors, District IV
County of El Dorado
(530) 621-6513