Chumash Leader Joins Center's Board of Directors
Mati Waiya, a Chumash ceremonial leader of the Santa Clara River Turtle Clan and founder of the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, has joined the Center for Biological Diversity's board of directors.
Waiya created the Wishtoyo Foundation in 1997 as a way to connect people and the environment, particularly land, air, water and wildlife. The foundation's goal is to preserve and protect Chumash culture and the natural resources all people depend upon through education, outreach, restoration projects, advocacy and legal action.
"We're deeply honored to have Mati on our board and helping set the Center's direction for years to come," said the Center's Kierán Suckling. "His passion, knowledge and incredible leadership at the intersection of native and environmental issues will be vital for the Center in meeting some of the most important issues of our time."
Read more in our press release.