California Native American Tribal Relations: Training

The availability of the following training information and resources are CalEPA’s step forward toward meeting our “commitment to educate appropriate staff, to become informed about the cultural setting of California Native Americans, their environmental issues and Tribal histories, for the purpose of improving CalEPA’s understanding of and connection to California Native American Tribes.” The views and opinions expressed by the training presenters are not are not necessarily the views of CalEPA.

AB 52 Tribal Training

The CalEPA Tribal Affairs Program conducted a training focused on tribal sovereignty, tribal cultural resources in CEQA, and the implementation of AB 52 (Statutes of 2014).  The training audience included the CalEPA Boards, Departments and Office (BDO) executive staff, senior management, counsel, and other State Agency tribal liaisons and program staff who regularly engage with tribal governments. The purpose of the training was to CalEPA’s BDOs with a better understanding of cultural and political workings of tribal governments in California in relation to Tribal sovereignty and provide a foundation of knowledge of AB 52 (Gatto, 2014) and the best practices in its implementation.

Background: On September 19, 2011, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued Executive Order B-10-11, which stated that every state agency and departments shall encourage communication and consultation with California Indian Tribes. On September 25, 2014 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 52, which created a new category of environmental resources, Tribal Cultural Resources, that must be considered under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). AB 52 also created new requirements for consultation with Tribal Governments, as specified, regarding projects that may affect a Tribal Cultural Resource. It includes a definition of tribal cultural resources and a list of mitigation measures.


October 27, 2015: Whole Training Presentation (Video – .mp4 file, 2:19:05 hours)

Tribal Sovereignty Training

Cultural Resources Sensitivity Training

Ongoing Training & Information

American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges This site, developed by the National Museum of the American Indian in collaboration with four Native communities, documents how they are responding to environmental challenges in their homelands.