Petitioning Representative Jeff Denham and 29 others

Stop HR 597. Do not make land next to Windsor, CA into a sovereign nation.

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 non-contiguous 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 more homes planned) to be built, as well as a 200-room hotel, 200,000 case winery and event center to be developed nearby.

We urge government officials to not support HR 597 which was introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham who does not even represent the district that would be impacted by his legislation. Denham's district is 150 miles away from the district where this land would go into trust. Denham introduced this bill after the Lytton donated over $83,000 to his reelection funds and PAC in recent years.

Moving the land into federal trust will have a disastrous environmental impact on the land and our community: 1,500 oak trees on the property would be cut and one of the best preserved oak woodlands in the area would be destroyed. The move will develop areas outside of Windsor’s urban growth boundary, leading to developments that are incompatible with the rural nature of that land, and local land-use zoning. 

We ask also that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) not transfer the land into federal trust, and that the Windsor Town Council pass a new resolution saying they are against the land going into federal trust.

Local residents have not been given a fair hearing on this issue. Last year when a similar bill (HR 2538) was introduced, no residents were allowed to testify before the House Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee during the hearing on the bill. We ask you to request that The Honorable Norma Torres, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs, invite members of the public who oppose this bill to testify, and help educate the subcommittee on how damaging this bill would be to our local community.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Representative
    Jeff Denham
  • Representative
    Norma Torres
  • Supervisor, Sonoma County
    James Gore
  • Windsor Town Council Member
    Dominic Foppoli
  • District Director, CA-2
    Jenny Callaway
  • Windsor Town Councilmember
    Bruce Okrepkie
  • Windsor Mayor
    Debora Fudge
  • Windsor Town Council Member
    Sam Salmon
  • Windsor Town Councilmember
    Mark Millan
  • Representative
    Mike Thompson
  • Representative
    Doug LaMalfa
  • Representative
    Don Young
  • Representative
    Rob Bishop
  • Representative
    Darin LaHood
  • Representative
    John Bergman
  • Representative
    Madeleine Bordallo
  • Representative
    Gregorio Sablan
  • Representative
    Ruben Gallego
  • Representative
    Darren Soto
  • Representative
    Colleen Hanabusa
  • Representative
    Raul Grijalva
  • Representative
    Kevin McCarthy
  • Supervisor Sonoma County
    Susan Gorin
  • Supervisor Sonoma County
    Shirlee Zane
  • Supervisor Sonoma County
    Lynda Hopkins
  • Secretary of the Interior
    Ryan Zinke
  • Betsy Mallace
  • Senator
    DIane Feinstein
  • Senator
    Kamala Harris
  • Representative
    Jared Huffman

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