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Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians - California (U.S.)

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[flag of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians - California] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 15 April 2008

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Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Federally recognized Indian Band in Santa Barbara County in south-central California, about 32 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara and about 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean.
Of Hokan language group.
Area: @ 100 acres
Population:@ 213 (on the reservation)
Last speaker of the language died in 1965.
Tribal Chairman: Vincent Armenta (2005-)

There were the most numerous Indian tribe on the arrival of the Spaniards in California, numbering approximately 22,000. They were the only Indian nation depending largely on ocean fishing for subsistence. Skilled canoe builders, they hunted on and around the Channel Islands as well as along the coast. Presently, they are the owners of Chumash Casino Resort which assures their wellbeing.

Chrystian Kretowicz, 15 April 2008