Chumash Tribe

“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.

Santa Barbara County and the Chumash tribe reached a tentative deal over the tribe’s controversial plans to develop some of its land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

A county committee has been negotiating with the tribe over the future of what’s known as the Camp 4 property, some 1400 acres of land off of Highway 246.

The Chumash Tribe is taking steps to try to insure that a controversial decision to designate 1400 acres of land in the Santa Ynez Valley as reservation land isn’t reversed.

In January, the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribes request to add the designation to the property near the intersection of Highways 154, and 246. Now, a bill introduced by Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa from Northern California calls for confirming the agency’s decision.

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 Airport has a state-of-the-art terminal which is only five years old, and most residents get to  know the facility in between arrivals and departures.

What most people don’t know is the important role the airport played during World War II, serving as a training facility for air crews being deployed to the war in the Pacific.

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.