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Wrong Sam Cohen?

Mr. Sam Cohen

Government Affairs and Legal Officer

Chumash Indians

Direct Phone: (805) ***-****       

Email: s***@***.org

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Chumash Indians

100 Via Juana Lane

Santa Ynez, California 93460

United States

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Legal Specialist

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians




Chumash Casino Resort


Member of Board of Governors
Adath Israel Congregation

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Indian Gaming | Regulatory Update [cached]

Sam Cohen

Sam Cohen
Sam Cohen, Government and Legal Specialist Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Sam Cohen is a Government and Legal Specialist for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. He can be reached by calling (805) 688-7997 or email

P.O.L.O. ~ Preservation of Los Olivos [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."

Everyone was on their best behavior, ... [cached]

Everyone was on their best behavior, a fact subtly referenced by Chumash attorney Sam Cohen who, after being handed a laser pointer, said, "Everyone has been so helpful, thank you. For the most part, everyone emphasized future goals rather than past problems.

That said, Cohen started the meeting by walking through points of a draft agreement the tribe said they presented to former CEO Chandra Waller in 2011.
It included a limited waiver of sovereign immunity so that the county could enforce the deal in federal or state court, Cohen said.
As for Camp 4, Cohen said the plan is to build 143 houses, a health clinic, a wastewater treatment plant, and an administration room used solely by tribal members.

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Sam Cohen, Esq., Government Affairs Officer, General Counsel

Sam Cohen, Government Affairs Officer and General Counsel, for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, has been representing California and other Tribal governments since 1996, and is a frequent contributor on gaming and fee-to-trust issues for Indian Gaming Magazine and other publications.

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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.

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