P.O. Box 364
Ojai, CA

© 2015 by BVBMI.

Photos courtesy of Devlin Gandy.

Declaration of Sovereignty

From time immemorial the Chumash peoples have possessed an inherent sovereignty. The Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians (BVBMI) is a self-governing band of Chumash peoples comprised of members from Barbareño, Ventureño, and Island Chumash territories. The BVBMI lives in its unceded ancestral homelands and continues as a culturally distinct group of people with a shared ancestry. Although not federally recognized, the BVBMI exercise its sovereignty as an independent Chumash nation.

Executive Tribal Council

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie
Tribal Chair
Raudel Bañuelos
Vice Chair
Kim Wachter
Enrollment Officer
Ramon Pedraza
Alex Ramos