CalEPA Tribal Advisory Committee: California Native American Tribal Relations

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, Arsenio Mataka, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, the heads of each CalEPA Board, Department and Office (BDOs), or their designees, the BDO Tribal Liaisons, at least quarterly each calendar year.

The members of the CalEPA Tribal Advisory Committee are the following:

  • Chairperson: Sarah Ryan, Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  • Vice-Chair: Harry Williams, Bishop Paiute Tribe
  • Secretary: Crystal Robinson, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation
  • Member: Dore Bietz, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria
    • Alternate: Bailey Hunter, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians
  • Member: Linda D. Otero, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  • Member: Kenneth E. Tipon, Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria

Tribal Advisory Committee Charter