September 19, 2007

Highway named for tribe

State gives ‘Chumash' name to Highway 154The California Legislature has approved a resolution designating Highway 154 the “Chumash Highway,” according to Vincent Armenta, chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

“Travelers taking the scenic route from Santa Ynez to Santa Barbara cross a journey that the Chumash people have traversed for thousands of years,” Armenta said in a statement. “I'm elated that this fact was recognized by the California Legislature with their highway naming project.”

The naming project represents the respect and recognition that members of both the California Assembly and Senate have for Native Americans, Armenta said.

“They understand the historical significance of the area,” he added.

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