California Native American Tribal Relations

CalEPA and its boards, departments, and office (BDOs) are committed to improving our communication and working relationships with California Native American Tribes. CalEPA first adopted a Tribal Policy in 2009 to achieve this goal and to help guide CalEPA and its BDOs.  In August 2015, Secretary Matthew Rodriquez updated and adopted CalEPA’s Tribal Policy – Policy on Consultation with California Native American Tribes (.pdf) to improve and strengthen its policy for working with Tribal governments. Refer to our Tribal Policy Revision background to find out more about how our 2015 Tribal Policy was revised. This Tribal Policy serves to guide CalEPA and its BDOs in their daily operations to work with California Native American Tribes in a knowledgeable, sensitive, and respectful manner.

CalEPA implements its Tribal Policy with the assistance of our Tribal Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from federally and non-federally recognized Tribes, and the input of interested Tribal governments, communities, and stakeholders.

Should you have any questions regarding this Tribal Policy or this effort, contact Yana Garcia, at (916) 323-0444 or via email at

Upcoming CalEPA Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting: December 12 & 13, 2017 – CalEPA Headquarters Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814