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Tribal Affairs

This program fosters communication, collaboration, and consultation between DTSC and California’s Native American Tribes. We coordinate with tribes in the development of policies, programs, and activities that may affect a tribe’s community, ancestral territories, or cultural resources. We are committed to meaningful engagement with indigenous communities, and to strengthening government-to-government relationships between the State and California Native American Tribes.

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DTSC’s Tribal Affairs program is part of the Office of Environmental Equity, which includes its Environmental Justice and Public Participation programs. By integrating all three programs throughout DTSC, we strive to be part of achieving a healthy California for all. Learn more by going to our Office of Environmental Equity web page.

California Tribal communities are the original inhabitants of California and have a special relationship with both the federal and state governments. Tribes are distinctly different from each other in culture and government structure.

Tribal Consultation Policy

We are pleased to share our Tribal Consultation Policy with you for your reference. This policy outlines the DTSC Tribal consultation process with the foundational principles of collaboration, communication, education, and Tribal sovereignty.


DTSC Tribal Consultation Policy – DTSC-20-038


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