A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COASTAL BAND: Yesterday and Today
The Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, CBCN, is a sovereign nation of Coastal Chumash people. Our ancestors have lived in this area for thousands of years. As an organization we have a long presence in the Tri-County Areas, mostly centrally located in Santa Barbara, CA. We represent Chumash peoples from the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Currently we have our 501 (c) (3) status to better serve our community. We are seeking federal recognition and have been for more than 20 years. There were many grandmothers and grandfathers that were active in forming our non-profit status and we continue to honor them with the work that we do today.
Currently, we meet the 3rd Saturday of every month. We conduct our tribal business during that time and keep members informed of community activities as well as other information. Our members are active in language restoration and environmental activism as well as story telling and basket making. Many of our young people are active paddlers as well with our traditional redwood plank canoe, the tomol. We have a long history of CRM (Cultural Resource Management) and we continue to educate the youth in order to remain aware of our indigenous lands.