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Mr. Sam Cohen

Wrong Sam Cohen?

Government Affairs Officer

Phone: (805) ***-****  
Email: s***@***.org
Chumash Indians
100 Via Juana Lane
Santa Ynez , California 93460
United States


Employment History

  • Band's Government Affairs Officer
    Chumash Indians
  • Government and Legal Specialist
    Chumash Indians
  • Tribal Administrator
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Legal Specialist
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Government Affairs and Legal Officer
    Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Legal Counsel
    Tule River Indian Tribe
  • Attorney
    Tule River Indian Tribe
  • General Legal Counsel
    Tule River Indian Tribe
  • Staff Counsel
    Tule River Tribal Council
  • Sometimes Controversial Attorney
    Tule River Tribal Council
  • Lead In-House Counsel
    Tule River Tribal Council
  • Spokesperson
  • Administrator
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Sam Cohen, the ..., 26 Dec 2013 [cached]
Sam Cohen, the Chumash's government affairs officer, said that although the tribe appreciated Lavagnino's letter, it will not change the tribe's current plans. "The only thing we'd prefer is for Supervisor Lavagnino to support the legislation as written," Cohen said.
I am all for the Chumash, but I'm also even more for the fate of the beautiful, 1400 acre Camp 4 property and I do not trust Armenta, Cohen, or the Santa Ynez Tribe with stewardship over this parcel. Casinos here we come if they get the fee-to-trust. I am open to correction, but I believe the official number of Native Americans in the Santa Ynez Tribe is under 170. What Steve Lavagnino has done here is cover his a** with the Chumash, hoping for more campaign $ help in the future, especially when he witnesses how savagely the Tribe has turned on their erstwhile toady, Carbajal.
FALSE FURY: Sam ..., 23 Aug 2013 [cached]
FALSE FURY: Sam Cohen, the Chumash band's government affairs officer, has refuted worries that the tribe will attempt a development bait-and-switch should it successfully annex the 1,400-acre Camp 4 property.
FALSE FURY: Sam Cohen, the Chumash band's government affairs officer, has refuted worries that the tribe will attempt a development bait-and-switch should it successfully annex the 1,400-acre Camp 4 property.
One day after receiving the Tuesday's bad news that the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors would not be engaging in a government-to-government dialogue with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, the tribe's government affairs officer Sam Cohen reached out to Glenn Russell, the head of the county planning department, to see what options were on the table.
Cohen confirmed that outreach but did not seem overly optimistic about the opportunity, explaining that he was simply following the direction given by the board. In an email to The Santa Barbara Independent, Cohen said he is "not sure what realistic options exist" but that it was "still worth a staff meeting."
Cohen has also pointed out that Camp 4 is a mere 1.6 miles from the existing 127-acre reservation, not very far away, at least in the eyes of the feds.
Another lingering question for many in the valley is that if Camp 4 is annexed and developed into the 143 homes that the tribe keeps promising for housing its members, what might happen to the existing residential part of the reservation, which surrounds the Chumash Casino and Resort along Highway 246? Might that become a new resort development once all of the housing is moved to Camp 4?
Cohen says that's a hollow worry, pledging that "all current land assignments on the existing Santa Ynez Indian Reservation shall continue to be maintained unchanged. He explained that the reservation lands are "highly constrained due to a variety of physical, social, and economic factors," most notably that most of the property is in a floodplain that's susceptible to flooding and drainage problems. Only about 26 acres, or 18 percent of the reservation, has residential capacity, Cohen explained, and another 16 acres, or 11 percent, has economic development possibilities. The remaining 99 acres, or 71 percent of the reservation, is consumed by creek corridors and steep slopes, which Cohen said would be "difficult to impossible to develop." The usable size totals about 50 acres, said Cohen, most of which is already developed.
He further explained that of the 136 tribal members and roughly 1,300 lineal descendants, only 17 percent have housing on tribal lands, hence the tribe's desire to develop Camp 4.
"In the United States, Native American ... [cached]
"In the United States, Native American tribes have always been sovereign," said Sam Cohen, legal specialist for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
P.O.L.O. ~ Preservation of Los Olivos, 11 Jan 2007 [cached]
Sam Cohen, Tribal Administrator for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians represented the tribe and affirmed the tribe could not support the plan moving forward into the EIR stage and are specifically opposed to item number nine.
Cohen asserted that both the incorporated cities of Buellton and Solvang have urban development boundaries and spheres of influence that represent areas of future annexations.
"We cannot believe it's the policy of this Board to oppose all future annexations by Buellton and Solvang," he stated and concluded the Board would have to adhere to zoning consistency by opposing all future annexations by Santa Barbara and Goleta as well.
Steve Pappas adds another distinguishable difference, "It is interesting to note that Sam Cohen and Andy Caldwell fail to mention the fact that land that is annexed by a tribal entity via the Fee-to-Trust process becomes exempt from property tax and other taxes."
"That's a very big distinction and one that Mr. Cohen and Mr. Caldwell conveniently don't address."
Sam Cohen, legal counsel for ... [cached]
Sam Cohen, legal counsel for the Tule River Indian Tribe said the Tribe was not aware of the recent developments with regards to the alleged violation.
The City and their legal counsel will address the letter, the Tribe however is not covered by the Brown Act. The Tribe has a history of cooperating with the City, if the agreement is nullified well work with them and try to come up with a new agreement, Cohen said.
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