The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) is a tribal governing body whose members are from San Luis Obispo County and they have been the living continuum of Chumash Peoples for over 18,000 years.  Living along this sacred coastline in San Luis Obispo County, we are Stakeholders.  NCTC was formed under the guidelines of Senate Bill 18 as a State Recognized Tribal Government.   NCTC corporate office is located at 67 South Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.  NCTC is dedicated to the preservation of Chumash Culture and Heritage, meaningful consulting with local governments, consulting with the development community, and changing government policy for better tribal community well-being.

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Ocean Activism

We Will Not Back Down

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Captain Paul Watson, founder and president, Sea Shepherd Conservation SocietyThe one thing that I have been most proud of in my long career is the fact that after 35 years of interventions to defend marine life we have not caused a single injury to any person nor after some 350 voyages have I had any of my crew seriously injured. I am also proud of the fact that although we have been aggressively intervening against illegal whalers, sealers, dolphin killers, drift netters, trawlers, turtle killers and other ocean life-destroying enterprises, we have always done so within the boundaries of the law.

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Protect Us

Enjoy these incredible images taken by retired biology instructor Bill Bouton of a small pod of humpback whales lunge-feeding off the coast of Avila California, Then stand with us to protect those that can’t defend themselves.

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The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation (CBCN) spoke in opposition to the 100% killing of all mammals, fish and all other living things from Guadalupe to Cambria by the seismic testing proposed by PG&E. The State Lands Commission certified the EIR last Tuesday, and today we presented overriding evidence for the EIR to be rescinded. The permit of the project was on the table today and the Commission voted in favor of killing all life along our coast in about 5 minutes. NCTC is planning to take action, we need everyone’s support. More details to come, please let us know your ideas, and if you will make a Stand with NCTC.

Be Well,
Fred Collins
Tribal Administrator
Northern Chumash Tribal Council


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Tomol Morro Bay

The photo of this Tomol Morro Bay painting was taken about 1900.

Courtesy of the SLO County History Center

That makes the painting at least 112 years old.