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ytt Northern Chumash Tribe of SLO County and Region

yak tit>u tit>u yak tilhini Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region (ytt) is the documented tribe of the Pecho Coast (Diablo Canyon Lands) as evidenced in a recent ethnohistorical study of Native Chumash Rancherias on the Pecho Coast (Johnson, 2020).

On September 2, 2022, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 846 extending the operation of Diablo Canyon Power Plant.  The passage of SB 846 included an appropriation totaling $160 million dollars to support the conservation of Diablo Canyon Lands.  ytt see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to regain our homelands.

ytt is seeking community and financial support to implement our LandBack strategy with a goal of regaining our ancestral homeland and creating our Tribal-led Land Conservancy.  We’re at a critical point that requires professional services to assist in public relations, and legal representation to take advantage of SB 846 funding opportunities.

Contributions from Unitarian Universalists SLO will support the following activities:

  • Educating state decision makers about our Landback vision for the land
  • Campaign to build support for our Tribal Land Conservancy vision
  • Legal costs associated with negotiations with landowner and state entities
  • Land Conservation Plan development costs

The ytt Northern Chumash Nonprofit, established in 2010, serves as ytt’s fiduciary and legal entity and is directed by ytt’s Tribal Council.  A registered Federal and State 501(c)(3), the nonprofit is the fiscal agent of the Tribe, allowing it to receive tax free contributions to support Tribal initiatives.

We believe with the return of our ancestral homelands, allowing us to steward these lands once again as we have since time immemorial, as well as the creation of the Tribal Land Conservancy, a grave California historical wrong will be corrected; state and national 30×30 goals will be addressed; and it will be an important step towards Tribal and Global Healing.

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