Chumash leader disgusted with Santa B...

Chumash leader disgusted with Santa Barbara County

There are 11 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Mar 21, 2007, titled Chumash leader disgusted with Santa Barbara County. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Chumash leader Vincent Armenta is upset with Board of Supervisors treatment of the casino-rich Santa Ynez tribe.

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United States

#1 Mar 21, 2007
This guy Armenta is certainly full of himself. I wish he would become a citizen of the US of A, and of California, and of Santa Barbara County, and that this fiction that there is a special nation for Mr. Armenta and his relatives and friends would go away.

Mill Valley, CA

#2 Mar 21, 2007
Yes, Yes JamesJ!! I have lived here IN THIS VALLEY all of my life and deserve respect too. A little has gone to far and it isn't ending anytime soon. I remember what this town was like and I have seen both positive and negative growth. This is way to scary. The traffic is horrible, people are worse. It needs to stop now!

Mill Valley, CA

#3 Mar 21, 2007
I don't know why it says Lompoc on my "join the community" but I live in SY and I lived in the same house for over 35 years.

Santa Maria, CA

#4 May 9, 2007
I live here in Sovang and I support the tribe. The Chumash were here way before the white man came to the Americas. I think it is a case of "old money" does not like "new money". People sure did not help them when they were dirt poor and now all people want to do is tear them down. I dont get it.

United States

#5 Jul 17, 2007
And to think just a few years ago Armenta and his brother( the one that got kicked out of the trib for sexual assult in the casino, wait thats not what they printed.)owned a wielding and steel shop.

United States

#6 Jul 17, 2007
And to think just a few years ago Armenta and his brother( the you who got kicked out of the trib for sexual assult on a casino worker, wait thats not what they printed)owend a wielding and steel shop
B French

United States

#7 Jul 18, 2007
I guess that welding and owned are spelled differently in Gilbert, AZ.
Rumor has it that the Chumash Casino and all it's operations have not paid their power bills, or the water bills, or the sewer bills. I hear this from many people in the Santa Ynez Valley. Is this true?

United States

#8 Jan 16, 2008
you all need to get a life and realize that they are all no different then any of you

Lompoc, CA

#9 Feb 12, 2008
trdl wrote:
you all need to get a life and realize that they are all no different then any of you
and that means what? Were not talking, racial injustice, were not talking about inequality, this is about a rich group playing a heavy hand on local policy. Hes pissed with SB county because they realize this and telling him to piss off.
They are not the same, they do not consider themselves American citizens and are doing everything they can to buy the system, your in NY how can you possible understand the effect they have on local politics and policy.

Santa Maria, CA

#10 May 1, 2008
Really people... you didn't care about my tribe when my relatives were forced onto a reservation. You didn't care about us when we struggled to live on that reservation. You didn't care when the children were told not to speak our native language and it would be best for them to become "white". Now that we have money, people speak out against us. When we were struggling to live, people couldn't care less. Why is that? Whoever wrote that thing about not paying taxes! Where the hell did you hear that from? That's ridiculous! Yes, I believe there's more traffic, but all that traffic goes to the casino, and all that money gets spread around to the community. You don't honestly think the casino keeps every single penny they make. The casino gives generously to the community and without the casino, the Santa Ynez Valley would be broke. My ancestors were in this valley and all around Southern California before you're people came. If you hate the Chumash so much then please leave the Valley. Why are you still here if we disgust you sooooo much? My tribe isn't going anywhere and neither is the casino. So drop the subject completely, stay here and drown in your own jealousy and hate, or leave my tribes town.

Santa Maria, CA

#11 May 1, 2008
I was born and raised on the reservation. Before the casino, I remember not knowing if I was going to eat that day. My family had no money and struggled to live life. I think I well deserve what I have now!

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