A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COASTAL BAND: Yesterday, Today and Forever
The Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation (CBCN) is a sovereign nation of Coastal Chumash Indigenous Peoples. Our ancestors have lived in this area for many thousands-of-years. CBCN has a long presence in the Tri-County Areas. We are a nation of Chumash indigenous Peoples from the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and other Counties. Currently we have our 501 (c) (3) status to better serve our community. We are in the process of seeking federal recognition and have been doing so for more than 35 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.
We meet every 3rd Saturday of the month. We conduct our nation's business during our meetings 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 and regalia making. Many of our young people are active paddlers as well with our traditional redwood plank tomol (similar to a canoe). We have a long history of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and we continue to educate the youth in order to remain aware of our indigenous lands and ways.