Chumash Indians

“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. 

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would allow the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Indians to increase its tribal land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The area in question is known as Camp Four off Highway 154 near the 246.

The tribe and some local residents have been at odds over the site.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department will be adding two new deputies after an agreement with the Santa Ynez Chumash Indians.

The deputies and two patrol cars will be paid for by the tribe at a cost of about $400,000.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors Peter Adam and Doreen Farr say they are preparing an update to the full Board of Supervisors about their talks with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.