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Featured Event

UCSB STANDS Conference

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We are excited to announce and invite you to the UCSB Students Taking Action for Native Dreams of Success (STANDS) conference on April 27, 2024. STANDS is a culturally enriched higher education program for Native American/American Indian, Indigenous high school and community college students and their families to engage with current UCSB Native American/Indigenous students, staff, faculty and local Chumash relatives.

2024 Chumash Intertribal Powwow

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Chumansh Intertribal Powwow | October 5-6, 2024 |  Open to the Public | Corner of Meadowvale Road and Hwy 246 in Santa Ynez, CA

The Chumash Intertribal Powwow is a two-day event, hosted in October in Santa Ynez, CA. Over 300 Native American dancers and singers representing many of the tribes from Canada and the United States, attend annually to participate socially and competitively. 

Point of Pride

In 2017, the Kiy’ap’aphaniš (Our Villages) Fund, named for the Chumash villages upon which UC Santa Barbara sits, scholarship was created. It supports the educational advancement of undergraduate and/or graduate students at UCSB who are helping to advance Native American issues in their communities. The Fund supports tuition or educational fees, travel for research or academic conferences, books and supplies, or other needs associated with scholarly studies. It also supports group programming efforts or projects in keeping with the spirit of supporting the scholarship and professional advancement of the Native American student community. To learn more and fill out an application, visit

The University campus is located on Indigenous land. In recognizing the traditional custodians of the land, we share this page to educate and pay respect for the Chumash people, the history and culture of the community, and all Native Americans as America’s First Peoples. We pay respect to the Chumash Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, and the culture of this area, which has become a place of learning for people from all over the world.