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Tribal Consultations

The California Water Boards are committed to improving communications and working relationships with California Native American Tribes. In June 2019, the California Water Boards finalized its Tribal Consultation Policy, where we reaffirm that collaboration and input from all California Native American Tribes helps the Water Boards advance decisions and policies that better protect California’s water resources.


Consultation is a meaningful and timely process of seeking, discussing, and considering carefully the views of others, in a manner that is cognizant of all parties’ cultural values and, where feasible, seeking agreement. Consultation between government agencies and California Native American Tribes shall be conducted in a way that is mutually respectful of each party’s sovereignty. Consultation shall also recognize a Tribes’ potential needs for confidentiality with respect to places that have traditional tribal cultural significance.

  The Water Boards’ Tribal Liaison is responsible for coordinating outreach, communication and consultation efforts with the Water Boards and Tribes. For inquiries regarding consultation, please contact:

  Relevent Policies

Water Boards’ Tribal Consultation Policy Statement

The California Water Boards Tribal Consultation Policy (policy) is to develop effective communication with all California Native American Tribes that allows for meaningful participation and input while developing or revising the Water Boards’ regulations, rules, policies, programs or plans that may impact Tribes. It is the intent of this policy to establish the guiding principles to consult with California Native American Tribes on a government-to-government basis when requested and deemed to be appropriate through discussion with the requesting tribe(s), or as required by statute (e.g. Assembly Bill 52 and Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act).

CalEPA Tribal Consultation Protocol Purpose

The purpose of this Tribal Consultation Protocol (Protocol) is to establish a step-by-step process that will assist the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and each of its boards, departments, and office, in engaging with California Native American Tribes (Tribes) broadly and in government-to-government consultations. The Protocol builds upon CalEPA’s 2015 update to its Tribal Consultation Policy by providing CalEPA, its boards, departments, and office, with a process for determining which, if any, Tribes or tribal communities their actions might affect. The Protocol establishes a set of best practices for CalEPA to use when engaging with Tribes regarding the potential effects its actions and the actions of its boards, departments, and office might cause, in a meaningful, inclusive, and mutually respectful way.

California Tribal Consultation Policies

The Water Boards Tribal Consultation Policy states the following:
The Water Boards will consider, review and adhere, when appropriate, to a Tribes’ own consultation policy if provided, before initiating consultation with that Tribe.

Currently, the Water Boards’ know of three California Native American Tribes that have their own consultation policy. If your Tribal government has their own consultation policy, we kindly request that you send it to

  Process in which California Tribes can Request to be Notified of Water Boards’ CEQA Lead Projects (per AB 52)

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 regarding projects that may affect a Tribal Cultural Resource.

We encourage California Native American Tribes to request to be notified of Water Boards CEQA lead projects.

  1. 1) Consistent with the government to government process, we request that your request to be placed on our AB 52 List is submitted on formal letterhead from your Tribal leadership, in writing, and mailed to:
    Tribal Liaison
    State Water Resources Control Board
    1001 I Street
    P.O. Box 100
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  2. 2) We also kindly request that you provide us with maps or a way for our agency to be aware of the geographic area that is traditionally and culturally affiliated with your Tribe.
  3. 3) Lastly, we kindly request that your Tribal leadership designate a lead contact person to receive formal notification of proposed projects.

A Tribe’s request to be notified of Water Boards CEQA lead projects (per AB 52) will be interpreted as a notification request for both the State Water Board and any geographically appropriate Regional Water Boards.

  California Tribes Requesting to be Notified of Water Boards’ CEQA Lead Projects (per AB 52)

The following list includes Tribes that are currently receiving notification of Water Boards’ CEQA lead projects:

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Area Affiliation by County
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley Lake, Napa, Sonoma
Wilton Rancheria Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
Colorado River Indian Tribes Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino
Elk Valley Rancheria Del Norte
Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation Monterey
Wiyot Tribe Humboldt
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Marin, Sonoma
Winnemem Wintu Tribe Shasta, Siskyou
United Auburn Indian Community Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yuba. Portions of Butte, Plumas, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano and Yolo.
San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians Orange, Riverside, San Diego
Yurok Tribe Del Norte, Humboldt
Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego
Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria Humboldt County
Middletown Rancheria Lake
Barona Band of Mission Indians San Diego
Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians- Kizh Nation Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside
Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Tribe Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Tulare
Shasta Indian Nation Humboldt, Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity
Gabrieleno Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indian Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura
Blue Lake Rancheria Humboldt
Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley Inyo, Mono, Northern San Bernardino, Northeast Kern
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians San Bernardino, southeast Kern, eastern Los Angeles, northwestern Riverside County
Pit River Tribe Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta and Lassen
Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians San Diego and Imperial Counties
Karuk Tribe Siskiyou, Del Norte, Humboldt
Buena Vista Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and San Joaquin Counties
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Del Norte
Morongo Band of Mission Indians Riverside, San Bernardino
Pala Band of Mission Indians San Diego, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino
Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians Tuolumne, Calaveras
Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Colusa, Lake, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo
Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Lake and Mendocino
Tamien Nation Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura
Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity
Enterprise Rancheria Estom Yumeka Maidu Butte, Plumas, Yuba