Lytton Tribe Development

Information on Lytton Rancheria of California Tribe Development

Overview

On December 20, 2019, U.S. Senate Bill S.1790 was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. S.1790 included provisions for taking approximately 511 acres of tribal land into trust as part of the reservation of the Lytton Rancheria of California. S.1790 also stipulates that no gaming shall be conducted on any lands taken into trust on behalf of the Tribe in Sonoma County in perpetuity.

On May 20, 2020, the Town Council approved an agreement allowing connection to the Town’s wastewater system to serve residential and tribal community uses that will be developed on the portion of the lands taken into trust. Below are links to the May 20th Town Council Staff Report, figures showing tribal lands and areas where residential and tribal community uses will be developed, the executed agreement and an "FAQ" sheet. 

Connection to the Town/District’s wastewater system is contingent on the execution of a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) between the Town and the Lytton Rancheria. In general, the JEPA will address the following: 

  • Capacity of wastewater service to be provided
  • Standards to construction of wastewater infrastructure
  • Inspection, operation, and maintenance of wastewater infrastructure
  • Use and access to reclaimed water
  • Ownership of and access to wastewater infrastructure
  • Wastewater service charges
  • Administrative provisions

Town staff is currently working with Tribal representatives on developing the technical terms to be included in the JEPA. It is anticipated that this work will be completed before the end of the year and the JEPA will be presented at a public meeting before the Town Council in early 2021 for approval. 

Legislation

Correspondence

Press

  • Lytton reservation in Sonoma County headed for approval with prohibition on gaming - Press Democrat - December 16, 2019
  • Huffman re-introduces Lytton Rancheria tribal land legislation – The Windsor Times – March 7, 2019  
  • Bill would authorize Lytton tribal homeland near Windsor – Press Democrat – March 4, 2019 
  • Legislation creating Lytton tribal homeland near Windsor clears big hurdle – Press Democrat – July 16, 2017
  • Northbay Biz Magazine Article: Building Trust - Lytton Tribe in Windsor - Featured in in December 2015 Issue
  • Press Release - Updates on Developments Regarding the Lytton Rancheria of California (Released September 17, 2015)

Town Meetings 

  • Town Council Special Meeting of October 14, 2015 Agenda 
  • Lytton Subcommittee Meeting of September 21, 2015 Agenda
  • Town Council Special Study Session of August 25, 2015 - Informational public meeting held the evening of Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mary Agatha Furth Center located at 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, CA. Agenda | Press Release

Videos of this meeting:

PowerPoint presentations from this meeting:

Graphic wall notes transcribed by facilitator’s assistant:

Additional Resources 

Contact

Lytton Rancheria of California [Pacific]
Marjoria Mejia (Tribal Chairperson)
Telephone: (707) 575-5917
Fax: (707) 575-6974
Recognition Status: Federal 437 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403