A tribal organization advancing community collaboration, social justice, and environmental stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

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).

Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

In 2015, NCTC nominated the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary through NOAA to safeguard the unique biodiversity and thousands of years of Chumash sacred sites along the Central Coast. The proposed Chumash Heritage sanctuary is the first to be nominated by a Tribal organization.

Oceano Dunes

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

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.
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