Americans have been one of the poorest ethnic groups in the United States.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians once lived with high unemployment
rates, substandard housing and no running water on the reservation.
Since Native American
gaming became a reality for our tribe, we have begun to realize our
dream of economic self-sufficiency. The revenues we earn from our Chumash
Casino Resort are used to support vital government programs for our
tribal members. From improved health care to increased educational opportunities
for our tribal members and descendents, the lives of our tribal members
have been greatly enhanced.
Some of the many
developments we have experienced as the result of Native American gaming
- Santa Ynez
Band of Chumash Indians Education Program
The Chumash tribe has always placed a high value on education. As a
result of this commitment, our Education Program is organized to provide
a variety of educational opportunities for Chumash students.
The tribe pays a portion of education expenses – including tuition,
housing, transportation, books and supplies – for any tribal member
or descendent who attends college or trade school. In addition, the
tribe offers an annual allocation for members and descendents for adult
- Santa Ynez
Tribal Health Clinic
The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic is a private Native American-governed
health care facility that serves the needs of Native Americans and the
Licensed professional medical personnel have provided excellent health
care for the many residents of the Santa Ynez Valley since 1981. In
late 2002, the tribe built a brand new Tribal Health Clinic that doubled
the amount of space. The clinic’s clientele is now comprised of
approximately 50% non-Native patients.
Learn more about the Santa Ynez Tribal Health at http://www.sythc.com
In addition to enhancing
the lives of our tribal members and descendents, our gaming revenues
have also helped improve the lives of residents of Santa Barbara County.
- Our Chumash Casino
Resort is currently the major employer in Santa Ynez Valley, providing
jobs for more than 1600 residents in Santa Barbara County. The jobs
we provide help generate state and local taxes, while the casino promotes
job growth and stability through the use of local vendors and businesses.
- Chumash Casino
Resort employs more than 1,600 employees
- 2010: $46.9
million annual payroll
- 2010: $4.7
million in payroll taxes
- 2010: $8.0
million in benefits
- The Santa Ynez
Band of Chumash Indians shares a commitment with our neighbors
to building a stronger community. Since we began our tribal gaming operations, we have contributed more than $14 million to the community and helped enhance the lives of many residents in Santa Barbra County. A few of our contributions include:
- $3 million
to Santa Ynez Valley High School for improvements to its athletic
- $1.5 million
to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department for a firefighter/paramedic
- $36,000 to
the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department for a search
and rescue vehicle
- $160,000 in
high-tech forensic equipment for law enforcement agencies in Santa
- $5 million
in road and infrastructure improvements to Highway 246 in Santa
- Millions of
dollars to local schools and non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara
As Native American
casinos become more successful, tribes across the nation are branching
out and investing their funds in a variety of different ventures. Why?
Because it makes good economic sense.
With a constantly
changing political landscape in California, tribes must continue to
position themselves to be prepared for any changes in the future. The
Chumash tribe is not alone in seeking ways to diversify our gaming revenue.
In fact, throughout the nation, tribes are finding innovative ways to
The tribe donated more than $14 million to various organizations in the community.
of employees at the Chumash Casino Resort: 1700