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“Creator, we come in a good way today. We come with honor creator, dignity, respect, to do something good.”

That’s Raudel Banuelos, Vice Tribal Chair of the Barbareño/Ventureño Band Of Chumash Mission Indians.

He was blessing Cal State University Channels Islands students and volunteers as they cleared a path on the sacred Chumash site. 

There’s a push underway to get some local government agencies on the Central and South Coasts to switch their recognition of Columbus Day to an Indigenous Peoples Day.

The non-profit Tribal Trust Foundation is asking the Santa Barbara City Council, and Santa Barbara County Supervisors to pass resolutions to make the change.

Authorities aren’t releasing details about a confrontation between security staff members and a man at a Central Coast casino which left the man dead.

It happened just after two a.m. Tuesday, near the Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley.

A federal agency approved a controversial proposal expanding the Chumash tribe’s reservation land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

After years of review, the Bureau of Indian Affairs okayed the tribe’s request to add nearly 1400 acres of land owned by the tribe into federal trust.

The property, known in the community as “Camp 4”, is mostly undeveloped land northeast of the intersection of Highway 154, and 246. The tribe bought the land in 2010, and announced the intention to build more tribal housing on the site.

An effort by the Chumash tribe to fast track its efforts for a major expansion of its tribal reservation lands has failed in Congress.

Santa Barbara County is upset congressional legislation which would clear the way for the Chumash tribe to expand its reservation property in the Santa Ynez Valley has taken a key step forward.

The House Natural Resources Committee approved HR 1157, which would move 1400 acres of land into a federal trust. The legislation now goes to the full house for consideration.

A longtime Chumash tribal leader has been elected as the tribe’s new chairman.

Kenny Kahn was elected by members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians during a special election this month. Kahn has been a member of the tribe’s Business Council for more than a decade. He grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley, and is well known in Santa Barbara County for his work with non-profit groups.

Kahn will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Vincent Armenta last month, who left after being accepted at a premiere culinary school on the East Coast.

The head of the Chumash Tribe has resigned.

Vincent Armenta has been Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians since 1999. He headed the tribe during the biggest period of financial growth in its history, overseeing construction of the Chumash Casino Resort, the purchase and relaunch of one of the largest hotels in Solvang, and the addition of multiple parcels of real estate in the Santa Ynez Valley.