The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Chumash, an indigenous people of California, in Santa Barbara. Their name for themselves is Samala. The Santa Ynez Band is headquartered in Santa Ynez, California. They are governed by a democratically elected, five-member tribal council. Their current tribal administration is as follows: The Santa Ynez Indian Reservation is the only Chumash reservation. It was 127-acres large and was established in 27 December 1901. Beginning in 1979, the tribe established a housing program and began improving the infrastructure on the reservation. The Santa Ynez Band owns and operate the Chumash Casino and Resort, as well as the Chumash Cafe, The Willows restaurant, and the Creekside Buffet, all in Santa Ynez, California.'
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