Honoring Lisamu

From now and into the future our most sacred Lisamu (Morro Rock) will be honored in a good way.

The Native American Heritage Commission agrees climbing of the Morro Rock should be prohibited in accordance with Northern Chumash and federal Law.  Continue reading


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BOS oppose

Supervisors oppose Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposal


Following a contentious hearing that lasted most of the day on Feb. 7, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to oppose the formation of a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of SLO and Santa Barbara counties.

The Northern Chumash Advisory Council submitted an application to create a marine sanctuary, stretching 140 miles from Cambria to Santa Barbara, to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2015. That application is currently under review by NOAA and a final decision on it may take up to five years, according to NOAA. Continue reading


MBA support

Letter from Julie Packard: Support to begin designation process for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Read chumash-nms-designation-support-letter_monterey-bay-aquarium

On behalf of our Executive Director (Monterey Bay Aquarium) Julie Packard, please accept the attached letter urging that NOAA begin the designation process for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. The nomination was accepted by NOAA in October 2016, and it would be a valuable addition to the National Marine Sanctuary System.

Julie Packard
A leader in ocean conservation and education, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is considered by many to be the best in the world. Behind that reputation is a fantastic staff with remarkably diverse skills, all dedicated to earning and keeping that honor. Julie Packard is Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Aquarium’s Board of Trustees more .

Standing Rock

Rewrite: The Protests At Standing Rock | The Last Word | MSNBC

MSNBC Commentator Lawrence O’Donnell outlines 500 years of colonialism in four minutes in discussing the water protectors standing against the Dakota Access pipeline in the August 24 edition of his nightly news show The Last Word.

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The people who gave that name to the Dakotas have sadly never been treated as friends. The people whose language was used to name the Dakotas and Minnesota and Iowa Oklahoma Ohio Connecticut Massachusetts and other states the Native American tribes the people who were here before us (non-indigenous to the Americas) long before us, have never been treated as friends. They have been treated as enemies and dealt with with more harshly than any other enemy in any of this country’s Wars. After all of our major wars we signed peace treaties and lived by those treaties. After world war two when we made peace with Germany we then did everything we possibly could to rebuild Germany. No native american tribe has ever been treated as well as we treated Germans after World War Two. Continue reading