Haku. The story of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is a story of hope, optimism and success. We are looking ahead for the well-being of the next generations as we honor our heritage and traditions today.
Our reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley is the home to tribal families, and to our tribal government and the Chumash Casino Resort. But our reservation also is home to a dream that started many years ago with our ancestors. Their spirit will continue far into the future because of the actions we are taking in the present.
The success of our business enterprises is the result of decades of hard work. Our tribe was undeterred by the many obstacles along the way. We knew that a secure economic footing was key to self-sufficiency for tribal members and to our tribal government’s ability to provide services to our families.
Today, tribal families have increased opportunities for education, better health care and access to cultural offerings that respect and build on our past.
We’ve created this website to give you a chance to get to know us a little better — to share with you some of our history and culture, and the progress we’ve made in our government and economic development.
We are dedicated to being good neighbors. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation has donated more than $18 million to more than 700 nonprofit organizations. We honor our ancestors by reaching out to our neighbors and caring for our community.
Each year, our pow-wow gives us the chance to share our Chumash heritage with tribal people from around the country and with the general public.
There have been many questions regarding our plans to provide homes for our families on our Camp 4 property, so we’ve created a stand-alone website to provide you with updated information. Click here to go directly to the website www.chumashfacts.com.
And click here to see the video from the recent legislative hearing on HR 1157, the bill introduced to Congress that would place the Camp 4 land into federal trust.
Lastly, a troubling pattern has emerged with anti-tribal groups filing frivolous lawsuits to stop our tribe’s progress. Click here to read about our motion to dismiss the latest lawsuit.