The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation gave $5,000 service awards to five area nonprofits at a celebratory dinner on 11/2. The Community Environmental Council, Arts Outreach, Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter, Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program, and American Indian Health and Services all received recognition for their positive impact on the community. In light of the Chumash’s service awards and philanthropic contributions, the County Board of Supervisors announced an upcoming resolution to declare November 2012 to be National Native American Heritage Month.


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