Petition to Rename Offensive Santa Barbara Street Name
Source: Tribal Trust Foundation
The Tribal Trust Foundation (TTF), a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit with the mission of supporting the preservation of indigenous cultures and wisdom through philanthropy and education, has started a change.org petition to rename Indio Muerto Street. This street name, which means "Dead Indian" has long faced criticism within the Santa Barbara community. The petition urges our local city council members to change this hurtful name, and demand recognition and acknowledgment of the Indigenous people of this land.
The street - which runs between the 101 to Milpas Street - allegedly came from Captain Salisbury Haley’s 1850 survey of Santa Barbara when a deceased Chumash man was found near the street. It is claimed that the street was named after the Wot (Chief) of the village who was killed and buried there.
TTF believes this name is disrespectful to Native Peoples and shows a disregard for the original inhabitants of this land. As part of its local efforts, TTF led a group of local allies in proposing that the Santa Barbara City Council and the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution acknowledging the first Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, replacing Columbus Day. After a year of campaigning, a Declaration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day by the Mayor of SB was implemented, which gained the support of the local Chumash bands including representatives of the SYBCI, the Coastal and the Barbareno.