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Chumash Tomol – a graphic of Past & Present

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Northern Chumash Tribal Council applauds California Democrats urging Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary designation

San Luis Obispo, CA – Northern Chumash Tribal Council applauds California Democrats Carbajal, Feinstein, Padilla and others as they urge the U.S. Department of Commerce to prioritize completing the designation process

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Whale Aerial Shot

New Times: We need bold action

In February, Indigenous peoples from throughout the Pacific and around the globe joined voices at a major international ocean conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, that gathered 3,000 participants from 123 countries and hundreds of Native nations.

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Blue Whale

Coastal Commission Awards $2 Million in Whale Tail Grants

SAN FRANCISCO, February 17, 2023. On Wednesday, February 8, the California Coastal Commission approved 56 Whale Tail Grant applications totaling more than $2 million to non-profit organizations, community groups, and schools for projects and programs that provide educational experiences

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Morro Rock

KQED: Chumash Tribes 'Reunite' Sacred Rock in Morro Bay Ceremony

Driving through the coastal city of Morro Bay, it’s hard to miss the 600-foot-tall volcanic rock sticking out of the ocean and towering over the city. The local landmark is commonly known as Morro Rock, a Spanish word with several meanings including “snout” or “round hill.”

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Center for American Progress: Proposed National Marine Sanctuaries Provide a Pathway Toward Indigenous-Led Ocean Conservation

The United States can move closer to its dual goals of increasing access to nature for all Americans and protecting 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030 by approving and completing the...

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The Chumash Tomol

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Story of the Swordfish

Story of the Swordfish

By Michael Khus-zarate Hu ho'wo'i (long ago), when the animals were people, Hawk craved the fresh fish he saw Pelican and other sea birds eating. So, Pelican said to his friend Hawk: “Come, we’ll take out our tomol (plankboat) and get some fish !” Together with Mut another sea bird, the three paddled out into the deeper waters […]

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Scholarship Winner 2022

Northern Chumash Tribal Council awards inaugural Fred Collins Environmental Warrior Student Scholarship

San Luis Obispo, CA – On the anniversary of the late Chief Fred Collins’ birthday, the Northern Chumash Tribal Council announced their inaugural distribution of the Fred Collins Environmental Warrior Student Scholarship. In honor of Chief Collins’ legacy...

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