Stop HR 597. Do not make land next to Windsor, CA into a sovereign nation.
 
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Congressman Jeff Denham’s legislation (HR 597- Lytton Rancheria  Homelands Act of 2017- formerly Rep. Jared Huffman’s bill HR 2538)  would move the 500 acres purchased by the Lytton Rancheria at the western edge of Windsor, CA into federal trust, exempting the land from local zoning and planning regulations. The land, which has no historical connection to the Lytton Rancheria, would become a sovereign nation. The plan will allow 147 homes (with 214 homes coming later) to be built, as well as a winery and 200-room resort to be developed nearby.


New bill in Congress to place Lytton lands into trust


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Salvation Army Lytton Springs center north of Healdsburg bought by Lytton Band


Do you want your voice heard?

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Do you want to state your opposition to Rep. Denham’s bill H.R. 597 to put land into trust in Windsor. It is your voice that could make the difference. Please, take the below actions. There is a sample letter posted at the bottom for your use.

  1. Call, write and/or email Jared Huffman’s office and state your opposition to HR597. You will need to state your name, address and contact information and state “I oppose HR597, the Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act.” If you don’t have a lot of time, a phone call is quick and easy, but impactful.
    Phone: 415-258-9657
    Email: jenny.callaway@mail.house.gov
    Postal: Jared Huffman 999 Fifth Ave. , Suite 290, San Rafael, CA, 94901.
  2. Send a postal letter to Rep. Jeff Denham at 4701 Sisk Road, Suite 202, Modesto, CA 95356 (You can use the below letter).
  3. Please send an email letter to:
  4. Use this link to send a single email to all the people listed above.

If you write, you can use this letter as an example (be sure to fill in all your contacts and remove additional names). You may change or customize it anyway you like.
Here is a link to a sample letter in PDF format.

Date_____________
Dear Chairman Bishop,
Dear Chairman LaMalfa,
Dear Representative Denham,
Dear Representative Huffman,

I oppose HR 597. I live near the Lytton land in or near the town of Windsor, Sonoma County, California. I will be very negatively impacted if HR 597 moves land into trust for the Lytton.

I oppose HR597 for the following reasons:

Rep. Jeff Denham is not my representative. He does not represent my district. His district is 150 miles away. He has received +$80,000 in contributions from the Lytton.

This bill is a Carcieri-fix for the Lytton. They already have an open 2009 Bureau of Indian Affairs application. The Lytton were not a tribe in 1934, per Carcieri v. Salazar, the Department of the Interior lacks the authority to put their land into trust.

This bill would enable the Lytton to flout local zoning. The housing listed on this bill is non-compliant. Their documented plans for large commercial development (200 room hotel, 200,000 case a year winery) are not even mentioned in the bill.

The 2016 Congressional Report 114-633 for H.R. 2538 states that “the Natural Resources Committee has received a relatively large number of communications from the residents of Windsor, California in opposition to the bill.” I still oppose HR 2538 and HR597.

Please listen to my concerns and do not approve HR597.

Thank you,
Name _____________________________________
Address ____________________________________
Phone/Email ____________________________________


“Interesting article. A union helped the Lytton’s get a casino, and once they got it, the promises faded. So much for being a “good neighbor” and/or “good employer”.”

For details see the Recommended Books page.

 

Aug 19, 2016 — Windsor Voters- We have great new candidates running for town council, Rosa Reynoza and Mike Wall. We ask, have Deb Fudge and Bruce Okrepkie been representing you? They are both running for re-election and they comprise the current Lytton sub-committee. Is it time for some fresh perspectives? Mike and Rosa support our stance on the land going into trust and Bill HR 2538. Here’s your… Read more

Our Windsor City Council are not representing our community in that they are making decisions without our input. They have had 15 closed door meetings with the Lytton’s in order to make a deal with them regarding our community, all without a discussion with the citizens.  We elected them. We are their constituents. They work for us.


Here is an excerpt from a new book by Don Mitchell titlted  entitled “Wampum: How Indian Tribes, the Mafia, and an Inattentive Congress Invented Indian Gaming and Created a $28 Billion Gambling Empire.” The section about the Lyttons that is in this excerpt is called “Fake Reservations.

A couple of things jump out from these excerpts. One is that that “The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians…appears to have been invented in order to open a bingo hall.”.  Another is section points out that in 1990, the Lytton’s had 20 members. Yet in 2005, they claimed to have 275

Mitchell on Lytton Click on blue link to the left to read the chapter.


What Can We Do?

  1. Sign our petition on Change.org
  2. State your opposition to H.R. 2538 on popvox.com
  3. Call the House Majority Leaders office at 202-225-4000 and state “I oppose HR2538, the Lytton Rancheria Homeland Act of 2015”
  4. The Town of Windsor (Town Council) can adopt a resolution opposing this development and the trust.  Send them an email at towncouncil@townofwindsor.com
  5. Tell Congressman Huffman’s you oppose H.R. 2538 – (202)225-5161
  6. Tell Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore you oppose H.R. 2538 and the counties deal with the Lyttons (707)565-2241
  7. Join our email list to be kept up to date with this topic
  8. Tell your neighbors, friends and co-workers about our website!  Email it!  Share it on Facebook & Twitter!
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“Citizens for Windsor” float in the Windsor Day Parade


READ NOW:  Why the Mashpee Are NOT the Lyttons

Can It Be Stopped?

Myth: Having a sovereign nation in Windsor is inevitable. There is nothing anyone can do about it.

Truth:  The Lyttons are prohibited from taking Windsor land into full sovereign nation trust for three reasons:
1) A Supreme Court decision (Calcieri v. Salazar) prohibiting the Department of the Interior from taking land into trust for tribes formed after 1934 (the Lyttons settled in Alexander Valley in 1937);
2) A stipulation attached to their tribal status in 1991 stating that they could not violate the Sonoma County General Plan;
3) The fact that they already have a 9.5-acre reservation in San Pablo, and their homeland, according to the Attorney General Kamala Harris, should now be considered Contra Costa County.

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Quick Facts

  • The Lytton already own 71 acres in Windsor on which they could build the homes they desire, within our zoning laws
  • The Lytton already own Federal Trust land in San Pablo, 10 acres where they operate a successful and lucrative Casino
  • Country Costa is considered by the State of California to be the Lytton Pomo tribal home. (Kamala Harris memo, 7-18-2011)

Photos

Here is just a small portion of the beautiful land, trees and views we are fighting to keep.


READ NOW:  CFW Letter to the Windsor Town Council (PDF)
(in response to Huffman’s deceptive letter to the council earlier this month)

Jared Huffman Letter to Councilman Foppoli – More Misinformation!

Jared Huffman continues to spread misinformation about the Lytton project.  Please click the graphic below to read his letter and our annotated version of it.

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