The first residents of Montecito refuse to leave

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In the middle of Montecito, surrounded by multi-million-dollar mansions, is a collection of humble wooden houses. They belong to a group of Chumash Indians. Many of their homes were completely damaged by the catastrophic flooding, but one group says their family has been there for more than 150 years and that they aren’t going to leave now.

Marcus Victor Lopez (center) and his sons, Victor Chimaway Lopez (left) and Marcus Victor Oliver Lopez (right). Photo credit: Jonathan Bastian




Kathryn Barnes