California Native American Tribal Relations: CalEPA Tribal Advisory Committee

The CalEPA Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) was established in 2010 to discuss environmental issues and projects involving California Native American Tribes. The TAC includes representatives from federally-recognized and non-federally recognized California Native American Tribes. The TAC meet with the Secretary of CalEPA and/or his designee, the directors of each CalEPA Board, Department and Office (BDOs), or their designees, the BDO Tribal Liaisons, at least quarterly each calendar year.

Through the years since the inception of the Tribal Advisory Committee, CalEPA has gained invaluable experience in actively pursuing the State’s joint sovereign interest with Tribes to safeguard and protect the State’s precious resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

CalEPA reimburses each Committee member for travel and lodging expenses to and from Committee meetings.  On occasion, and when feasible, Committee members may also host quarterly meetings on their respective Tribal lands. 


Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 25-26, 2019, CalEPA Headquarters Building, located at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814
  • June 18-19, 2019, this meeting will be held near the Los Angeles basin (Covina) area near the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation area
  • September 9-10, 2019, this meeting will be held at the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation in Fort Jones (northern California).

CalEPA Welcomes 3 New Members to Tribal Advisory Committee

In October 2018, CalEPA Secretary Matthew Rodriquez accepted the nominations for three new members to the Tribal Advisory Committee.  New members (and their alternates) include the following:

  1. Raymond Meija, Environmental Director, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  2. James Kinter, Tribal Secretary, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
    Alternate: Emily Drewek, Director of Environmental Department, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
  3. Matthew Teutimez, Tribal Biologist,  Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation
    Alternate: Andrew Salas, Tribal Chairman, Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation

2018 CalEPA Solicitation for TAC Membership Nominations Letter to Tribal Government Chairpersons


Tribal Advisory Committee Charter

The CalEPA Tribal Advisory Committee:

  • Chairperson: Sarah Ryan, Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  • Vice-Chair: Harry Williams, Bishop Paiute Tribe
  • Secretary: Crystal Robinson, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation
  • Member: Clifford Batten, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
    • Alternate: Chris Manzano, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
  • Member: Nora McDowell, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  • Member: Raymond Meija, Environmental Director, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  • Member: James Kinter, Tribal Secretary, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
    • Alternate: Emily Drewek, Director of Environmental Department, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
  •  Member: Matthew Teutimez, Tribal Biologist,  Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation
    • Alternate: Andrew Salas, Tribal Chairman, Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation

Past Meetings:

Helpful Resources for Tribes from Previous TAC Meetings: