Mr. Bob Cuddy missed an opportunity to clarify DANA’s decision to go for an environmental impact report on its project (“Dana Adobe plans pulled back amid dispute with local tribe,” Aug. 8).
The project’s current design is the result of numerous public meetings, which included Native Americans from various tribes and/or affiliations. DANA’s project was approved by the South County Advisory Council, County Parks and Recreation Commission and the county Planning Commission. So DANA was surprised when the Northern Chumash Tribal Council raised cultural resource questions on the eve of the July 17 supervisors’ meeting.
Rather than approve the land-use ordinance and mitigation proposals, the supervisors instructed DANA and NCTC to meet to resolve differences in the documents, while minimizing changes to avoid restarting the environmental review. The NCTC held the project hostage for an exclusive Memorandum of Agreement that would not allow other Native Americans to speak for themselves. The 42 demands of the agreement memorandum can be found at www.danaadobe.org .
DANA remains committed to telling “The Stories of the Rancho” in a manner that allows all voices to be heard and completing a project that is environmentally sound. As a result, DANA requested proceeding to an EIR.
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