Coastal Band Citizens in the Community!
Here are some activities our citizens have been involved in!
Language is Life 2015; Wonder Valley Resort
In September 2015 3 members of the Šmuwič language class will be attending the AICLS (Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival) biennial workshop Language is Life. This gathering features tribes from all over California in their shared pursuit of revitalizing their languages. This is a time to share teaching strategies as well as presentations about new techniques or other information regarding language work. See these links for more information.
Language is Life
Language is Life
ATALM 2015 Washington D.C.
n September 2015 one of our language students attended the annual ATALM conference. Held every year and bringing together indigenous people from all over the world ATALM (The Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums) offers information on grants and funding as well as gives a space for native people to discuss the latest in museum, library and archive policies and procedures. We hope to continue to send a representative in the coming years. Next years program will be in Arizona.
United Nations March and April 2015
Through the help of Seventh Generation Fund, an organization that supports indigenous programs, The Coastal Band was able to send another tribal member to the United Nations meetings in South Dakota and New York. This is the sixth year in a row that a Coastal Band tribal member has attended these meetings. We use the UNDRIP document on a regular basis and we find these gatherings of the world's indigenous peoples to be inspiring and strengthening in our own goals as Chumash people. We will be having a report during the May meeting of these last two events.
Fund for Santa Barbara!
In 2014 Coastal Band was awarded a grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara! We are honored and excited to be able to fund some of our long awaited dreams to bring a Cultural Education Program to our Chumash community. We hope to focus on the Coastal Band and blossom out into the other Chumash groups with classes about Regalia, Maritime Knowledge as well as the languages from various territories. We were honored with these two Certificates of Recognition from the California Legislature and State Senate as grant recipients.