Tribal Self-Advocacy

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Within our Tribal Self-Advocacy Program CIEA affirms that California Tribes should guide decision-making in all cases where agencies, organizations or groups are planning or conducting activities that affect California Indian people, traditional territories or any resources that affect cultural traditions, means of subsistence and environmental health.

We do not advocate directly on behalf of Tribes. We provide technical assistance for Tribal leadership and Tribal staff to advocate on their own behalf for the benefit of their own people. This support includes event facilitation, coordination of strategy meetings and outreach to increase Tribal engagement. We complete these activities at the request of California Tribal representatives.  California Tribal members and Tribal leadership guide our programs, and the materials and information we provide.

Self-Advocacy Materials include:

  • CIEA E-news with reports, mercury and watershed related meeting dates and opportunities for addressing mercury and mining toxins.
  • Meeting Announcements, minutes and reports
  • Updates on agency programs including: mercury Total Maximum Daily Loads, CA State Mercury Plan and Beneficial Uses, Integrated Regional Watershed Management programs, Globally Binding Mercury Treaty.

    We are currently providing information, co-hosting  Strategy Meetings and providing technical assistance when requested in the following areas:

    • Exposure Reduction solutions including fish sampling efforts to identify safer fishing locations which support subsistence fishing and avoid mercury and PCBs
    • Beneficial Use consensus building for Subsistence Fishing (FISH) and Native American Cultural Use (CUL)
    • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for Mercury & Methylmercury
    •  Integrated Regional Water Management advocating that Tribes participate in the governance structure of regional IRWMs and are able to receive funding for IRWM projects

    North Coast Resource Partnership

    CIEA is the Tribal Engagement Coordinator for the North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP).

    Fall 2015 Update: 

    October 15th 10am – 3:00pm at Bear River Community Center, Loleta CA

    At this meeting we introduced the New Southern District Tribal Representatives (see below). [NIJC training provided by Raquelle Myers, Staff Attorney]
    This was prompted by previous Quarterly Meetings where we introduced Tribal governance structures so that other NCRP Representatives and stakeholders could better understand that CA Tribes are sovereign governments with complex structures and a network of expertise. This introduction was well received and county NCRP representatives expressed interest in receiving more information about Tribes.

    South District NCRP Representative Selection
    We are happy to announce that the NCRP Tribal Representatives Voting meeting was held on August 27, 2015 at the offices of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians and that all South District Positions were filled. Congratulations to our new Tribal Representatives in the South District:
    • Brandi Brown, PRP Representative nominated by Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo
    • Emily Luscombe, TPRC Alternate nominated by Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
    • Martina Morgan, PRP Alternate Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, Stewarts Point Rancheria
    • Nathan Rich, TPRC Member nominated by Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, Stewarts Point Rancheria

    NCRP Prop 84 Project Selection Outcome
    On January 13, DWR announced the Final Funding Awards for the remaining Proposition 84 IRWM grant funds which includes full funding for the NCRP 2015 IRWM Project Grant Application that was submitted to DWR in early August. The $11 M Proposal contains 25 high-priority projects that benefit North Coast economically disadvantaged communities and includes 8 projects that benefit Tribes and 13 that implement the State’s Human Right to Water policy.

    SEAC: Stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee
    The Department of Water Resources has convened an advisory group to assist in the development of guidelines for the next round of IRWM grant funding. Members include those representing the environmental justice community, counties, related agencies, like the State Water Resources Control Board, and three CA Tribes.

    To learn more about the North Coast IRWMP visit the NCRP website: 

    Tribal Strategy Meetings

    CIEA also provides updates on upcoming opportunities and is supportive of regional strategy meetings.  Every other month CIEA facilitates a Tribal only Northern California water strategy meetings. We provide this information directly to Tribal representatives, on this website, on Facebook, Twitter and through our bi-annual newsletters. We coordinate several strategy meetings each year. Meetings are announced on our events calendar page, through our email listserve and through those listserves maintained by of our colleagues.

    For more information, to host or participate in Tribal Strategy Meetings contact Sherri Norris at

    Visit our Resource Page for Tribal Advocacy Tools, Links, and Important Announcements