Training: California Native American Tribal Relations

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

Agenda: Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Cultural Resources in CEQA, & The Implementation of AB 52 (PDF)

Presentations:

  • October 27, 2015: Whole Training Presentation (Adobe Flash Video, 2:19:05 hours)
    • Opening words, context of training (Adobe Flash Video, 7:59 minutes)
    • Raquelle Myers, National Indian Justice Center (PDF) | (Adobe Flash Video, 47:49 minutes)
    • Holly Roberson, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (PDF) | (Adobe Flash Video, 18:27 minutes)
    • Rob Wood, Native American Heritage Commission (PDF) | (Adobe Flash Video, 13:53 minutes)
    • Terrie Robinson, Native American Heritage Commission (PDF, Revised 3/10/16) | (Adobe Flash Video, 32:18 minutes)
      • 3/10/16 Update: Environmental documents cannot be certified/adopted for a project that has a significant impact on an identified tribal cultural resources if initiated tribal consultation has not concluded according to statute.

Tribal Sovereignty Training

Cultural Resources Sensitivity Training

Ongoing Training & Information

Working Effectively With Tribal Governments (training is available on-line at no cost) This course provides the skills and knowledge to work more effectively with Native Americans for their environmental protection. You will learn how the unique status of Indian tribes and their historical relationship with the federal government affects government programs, responsibilities, and initiatives. http://tribal.golearnportal.org/

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.