Dana Adobe plans disrespects native culture
August 6, 2012
On Tuesday, August 7 the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will make a decision on a land use ordinance amendment and mitigated negative declaration applied for by the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos.
The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and the Chumash Nation is opposed to the land use ordinance and mitigated negative declaration (MND) for the following reasons.
Sometime in early 2010 the Northern Chumash agreed to work with the Dana Adobe as equal partners to facilitate the procurement of a State Parks National Education Fund grant. After almost a year of working together in March of 2011 the Dana Adobe was awarded the State Parks NEF grant for approximately $3 million.
The NCTC Chumash village portion was $240,000 to facilitate the Chumash Community to build the Chumash Village. Almost immediately NCTC went from a “Partner” to general public, and has been left out in the cold in the decision making process, the Dana Adobe has refused to “pay attention” to any of NCTC comments or suggestions concerning the significant cultural resources on the property since they were awarded the grant.
The Dana Adobe hired new people and new design company and they redesigned a new much larger project, it went from an education center to an event center with over 50 events per year. This new project will increase the cumulative impacts to significant cultural resources on the property.
NCTC was never officially noticed according to CEQA about the LUO/MNA and we are on the county list of stakeholders. The LUO/MND was not notice properly and therefore should not be allowed to go forward.
The County of San Luis Obispo in March 2012 waived all permitting fees; the county staff is supporting the LUO/MND for this project, which means the tax payers of San Luis Obispo County are paying for the proposed destruction of a sacred Chumash Native American site.
The Dana Adobe sets on a significant cultural resources and 29 pages of mitigation measures will not solve or mitigate the resources on the property only an EIR will work for the resources that are present, with new evidence submitted to the administrative record of much larger Native American presents than was known before at the Dana Adobe.
The Chumash Nation and NCTC are extremely upset by the disrespectful treatment by the current Dana Adobe for all the good will, and hard work the Chumash Nation and NCTC put forth for this project. At this time NCTC feels that the Dana Adobe does not deserve the grant funds and they should go to someone more deserving. The Northern Chumash have many better educational projects to work on with caring, respectful organizations. NCTC does not need to work with people who have in NCTC’s opinion misrepresented their intent in a deceitful manner.
Please send a message to the Board of Supervisors, stop this abuse of Native American Culture, no on LUO/MND.