Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Courtesy of the Chumash Life YouTube channel

The same architect who helped design the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC is working on a new cultural center and museum coming to the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County.

Chumash Tribe's Camp 4 bill advances in Congress

Jun 13, 2018
Bree Zender/KCBX

In Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ land parcel known as Camp 4 got a step closer to permanent status as “fee-to-trust” reservation land.

Bree Zender

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of an agreement regarding the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ Camp 4 reservation land. 

Local government roundup: 10/16/17

Oct 16, 2017

This week in Central Coast county government: the Santa Barbara County board of supervisors is expected to vote on medical cannabis regulations.

Bree Zender

Although the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians succeeded in their efforts to fold the 'Camp 4' property into the Chumash reservation through a federal land trust, opponents throughout the Santa Ynez Valley continue to oppose it.

Bree Zender/KCBX

Residents in the Santa Ynez Valley are holding a public meeting Thursday to discuss their efforts to block the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians from annexing property into the tribe’s reservation. 

Bree Zender


If you’re familiar at all with the Santa Ynez Valley, you know it’s famous for its rolling hills and farmland bordered by country roads and twisted-trunked oak trees.

Randol White, KCBX News

Santa Barbara County leaders said Thursday they're disappointed by a nearly unanimous Congressional committee vote on Wednesday regarding nearly 1400 acres of controversial land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

For the first time in roughly 17 years, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has a new leader. 

Randol White, KCBX News

A bill in congress, HR 1157, may decide how the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will move forward with a planned housing development. The issue revolves land purchased by the tribe back in 2010, known as Camp 4.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Construction on a new 12 story hotel and casino expansion at the Chumash Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley is set to begin next month.

The tribe announced their plans this week for the project, following a period of conversations with county leaders. There has been local concern over the building's height, as well as potential strain on county resources like fire and law enforcement.

Tribal leaders say the project is expected to be complete sometime in 2016.