TRIBAL ENGAGEMENT

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Tribal engagement is an important component of every major project led by the State of California, providing an opportunity for government-to-government consultation, collaboration and coordination between Tribal leaders and project proponents. Guided by the Governor’s Executive Order B-10-11 and state policies regarding consultation with California Native American Tribes, the California WaterFix planning process has included significant Tribal engagement, which will continue through project implementation.

Since 2009, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has participated in various Tribal engagement actions including coordination with the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) on several occasions to obtain records of information about locations of known heritage or sacred sites in the WaterFix Plan Area, Tribal informational meetings, Tribal community briefings and government-to-government consultation. The below is a record of all DWR WaterFix Tribal engagement activities by year.

Tribal consultation and outreach is an important responsibility for state and federal agencies. As such, DWR has entered into a Section 106 programmatic agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the California State Historic Preservation Office that establishes specific requirements for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the WaterFix project. DWR is committed to assisting the Corps with this federal Tribal consultation process and gathering Tribal input. Since 2009, DWR has provided notification letters and conducted informational meetings and site visits to update the Tribes about WaterFix and its consideration and treatment of historic properties.

DWR Tribal Engagement - California WaterFix: 2009 - 2018

2018*

  • March 1, 2018: Tribal Informational Meeting with United Auburn Indian Community
  • March 28, 2018: Tribal Informational Meeting and Bouldin Island Site Visit with Ione Band of Miwok Indians
  • March 29, 2018: Tribal Informational Meeting and Bouldin Island Site Visit with United Auburn Indian Community
  • March 30, 2018: Tribal Informational Meeting and Bouldin Island Site Visit with Wilton Rancheria
  • May 7, 2018: Tribal Informational Meeting with Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Council
  • October 22, 2018: Tribal Government Meeting with Wilton Rancheria Tribe

2017*

  • March 7, 2017: Tribal Informational Meeting with United Auburn Indian Community

* During 2017 and 2018, government-to-government Tribal consultation for purposes of Section 106 compliance also occurred through the Corps.

2016

  • January 12, 2016: Tribal Government Meeting with Pit River Tribe
  • January 25, 2016: Tribal Government Meeting with Wilton Rancheria
  • January 25, 2016: Tribal Government Meeting with Yocha DeHe Wintun Nation
  • February 10, 2016: Tribal Government Meeting with Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians
  • September 14, 2016: Tribal Informational Meeting with Hoopa Valley Tribe

2015

  • May 29, 2015: Phone calls to the Tribes identified by NAHC regarding project updates
  • July 24, 2015: Tribal Informational Update at Meeting Hosted by United Auburn Indian Community for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
  • July 27, 2015: Letters sent to the Tribes identified by NAHC regarding project updates
  • July 30, 2015: Tribal Government Meeting with Wilton Rancheria
  • July 31, 2015: Tribal Government Meeting with Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians
  • August 5, 2015: Tribal Government Meeting with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and California Indian Water Commission
  • August 18, 2015: Tribal Government Meeting with Yocha DeHe Wintun Nation
  • September 9, 2015: Phone calls to the Tribes identified by NAHC regarding project updates
  • December 7, 2015: Tribal Government Meeting with United Auburn Indian Community

2014

  • April 23 & 24, 2014: Tribal Government Meeting with Northern Region Tribes
  • June 13, 2014: Tribal Government Meeting with Bay-Delta Region Tribes
  • June 17, 2014: Tribal Government Meeting with Southern Region Tribes
  • June 27, 2014: Tribal Community and Outreach Meeting for Tribal communities in the Santa Clara, San Benito, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, hosted by Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • October 7, 2014: Tribal Government Meeting with Southern Region Tribes

2013

  • December 10, 2013: Statewide Tribal Government and Information Update meeting for Tribal Governments, Sacramento

2012

  • February 28, 2012: Updated letters sent to the Tribes identified by the NAHC requesting information for resources that may occur in the Plan Area
  • July 26, 2012: Follow - up phone calls to the Tribes identified by the NAHC requesting information for resources that may occur in the Plan Area

2010

  • September 24, 2010: Joint letter from DWR and the federal agencies sent to all federally recognized Tribes regarding coordination among the various agencies

2009

  • June 22, 2009: Letters sent to the Tribes identified by the NAHC, requesting information regarding resources that may occur in the Plan Area