NCTC advocates for tribal co-management of land and water, marine protection, land restoration, cultural heritage preservation, language restoration, and preservation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).
The Oceano Dunes have been a Chumash sacred site for thousands of years. NCTC has been advocating for its protection–especially from destructive off-road vehicle activity–for decades, and played an instrumental role in the 2021 landmark CA Coastal Commission decision to phase vehicles out.
Offshore Wind Farms
NCTC has been consulting with offshore wind developers and proponents, as well as local, state, and federal governments, to ensure future offshore wind off the Central Coast is sited appropriately and minimizes impacts to the environment and cultural resources.
Chumash Kitchen is a community experience where our Chumash leaders share traditional practices of collecting, processing and transforming seasonal, local foods into several modern and traditional recipes. Chumash Kitchen fosters a deeper relationship with the native plants, while educating the community on new methods for incorporating more indigenous foods into modern dishes.
Morro Rock Reunification Project
In 1889, the Chumash sacred site of Lisamu’ - commonly known as Morro Rock - was mined as a rock quarry to make the breakwater in Morro Bay and Port San Luis. In 2021, NCTC began consulting on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to return some Lisamu’ stones from Port San Luis to form a seamount near Morro Bay.
Diablo Canyon Power Plant Decommissioning
NCTC has been an active participant in the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant decommissioning process, advocating for the protection of cultural resources on site and to restore and preserve the lands surrounding the plant indefinitely.
Northern Chumash Tribal Council:
Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary:
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