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Santa Ynez

The ancestral territory of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians stretches across the Californian coastline, ranging from Malibu to Paso Robles, and extends to the Northern Channel Islands. Once, this substantial Chumash domain spanned a considerable 7,000 square miles from the sun-kissed beaches of Malibu all the way to Paso Robles. Additionally, our historical roots reached into the interior regions, touching the western fringes of the San Joaquin Valley.

Tribal Initiatives

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians are steadfast in our commitment to environmental stewardship, striving to ready our ancestral territories for ecological change. Embracing an ethos of regeneration and protection, we are proactive in preserving natural resources integral to our heritage. We believe deeply in the synergy of culture, spirit, and community, and manifest this belief through collaborative and educational initiatives. Our work is guided by a mission that harmonizes environmental responsibility with cultural continuation, painting a holistic picture of our dedication to the earth and to our enduring traditions.

Resiliency through Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

The Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office (SYCEO) has intentionally developed a resilience-oriented garden on Tribal territories. This garden thrives on natural water channels created by rainfall, fostering the growth of traditional plants and food resources. By sharing these eco-friendly principles and practices across the community, SYCEO bolsters communal resilience and propels food sovereignty to new heights.

Wetlands Protection

Environmental Stewardship

The Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office (SYCEO) has an established history of approximately 14 years spent overseeing wetlands located on Tribal territories. Recently, the Tribe acquired the Camp 4 property, and there are plans in place to demarcate wetlands on this newly integrated territory. SYCEO carries out evaluations of these wetlands with a dual purpose: to maintain consistent monitoring and to safeguard culturally important and sensitive habitats.

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The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians hold a rich and vibrant heritage, deeply intertwined with the Californian landscape from Malibu to Paso Robles. They are continually dedicated to preserving their traditions and managing their ancestral lands sustainably.

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