The goal of the Tribal Advisory Committee (AC) is to create a forum where California Native American Tribes and organizations can help to develop the material in the California Water Plan Update 2013 and ensure Tribal perspectives on land, water, and culture are included in those materials. Coordination between the Tribal AC, the State Agency Steering Committee, and Federal Agency Network is the next step to developing policy recommendations and strategies that are responsive to the water concerns of California Tribal communities and governments.
In November 2010, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) extended invitations to Tribes and Tribal organizations to join the Tribal AC.
California Water Plan Update 2013 Public Review Draft (PRD)
Thank you for taking the time providing valuable input. The final release will be available soon. The comment period is closed, but the draft is available online for viewing. Flyer (pdf) PRD Webpage
California Water Plan Update 2013 Reference Guide
We are still accepting documents to be included in Volume 4 Reference Guide. There is a designated space for Water and Culture RMS related reference guide pieces as well as TEK pieces. Please email documents you would like to be included into the reference guide to Emily Alejandrino no later than March 31, 2014. For additional information, visit Update 2009 Volume 4 - Reference Guide
Documents received to date:
Outline of Water & Culture Related Reference Documents (pdf)
18 Unratified Treaties 1851-52 Lexis (pdf)
Map of Unratified CA Treaties (pdf)
Key Laws Regs Matrix (pdf)
Native American Use of Fire (pdf)
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Thank you for your attendance and participation at the California Water Plan Plenary last month. Click here to view Plenary meeting materials.
December 12, 2013 Tribal Advisory Committee meeting -- Sacramento, Center for Collaborative Policy, 815 S Street
LINK TO California Water Plan Update 2013 Meetings and Materials
Also, see our meeting schedule for 2012-2013.
Due to State Executive Order B-06-011 Tribal AC meetings shall be in Sacramento, until further notice. Tribes or organizations interested in hosting satellite locations for teleconference/webinar meetings, please contact Emily Alejandrino at (916) 651-9276.
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Tribal AC Deliverables
Water Bond Primer
- sent 1/24/2014
The primer letter was prepared by the Update 2013 Tribal Advisory Committee. This primer highlights Objective 12: Improve Tribal/State relations and natural resources management.
Draft Tribal Communication Plan 12/12/2013 ()
Tribal AC Legislative Work Group - IRWM Report
This paper was developed by the Update 2013 Tribal Advisory Committee and does not reflect the views of DWR.
Tribal Water Summit 2013 (web page)
Strategic Framework Toolkit (in production)
Resources and Maps
NEW!!! Tribal Communities Vulnerability Matrix
In 2010 DWR Climate Program staff developed a Climate Change Vulnerability Matrix to assist regional water managers in assessing their potential vulnerabilities to climate change. Drawn from the California Adaptation Strategy and several other sources, this matrix provides a summary of the likely impacts of climate change on seven important resource sectors: water supply; agriculture; forests; ecosystems; public health and safety; infrastructure; and coastal resources. In response from the tribal community the Climate Program staff drafted this Tribal Communities Climate Change Vulnerability Matrix to assist tribal communities in identifying areas where they may be vulnerable to the anticipated impacts of climate change. This matrix also provides valuable information for regional water managers to improve their understanding of potential impacts to the tribal communities as their planning efforts move forward. Please send comments to Erin Chappell.
California State Government - Executive Branch
Tribal Engagement Plan (, 50 kb)
Early CA Laws and Policies Related to California Indians (, 1.9 MB)
CA Legislative Analyst's Office's Water Primer (, 3 MB)
Western States Water Council Resolution on Tribal Water (link)
Draft Integrated Regional Water Management Map with California Indian Trust Lands Overlay (, 6 MB) version 11.7.2013
CA Indian Trust Land and Groundwater Basins Map (, 8.2 MB)
California Indian Tribal Homelands and Trust Land Map - 24"x30" (, 10.0 MB)
CA Indian Trust and DWR Northern Region, 11x17" (.jpg, 4.1 MB)
CA Indian Trust and DWR North Central Region, 11x17" (.jpg, 4.1 MB)
CA Indian Trust and DWR South Central Region, 11x17" (.jpg, 3.6 MB)
CA Indian Trust and DWR Southern Region, 11x17" (.jpg, 3.8 MB)
Previous Tribal AC Meetings
Feb 25, 2011 -- 1st Tribal
May 05, 2011 -- Tribal
AC Meeting, Webinar
Oct 26-27, 2011 -- Plenary
Dec 09, 2011 -- Tribal AC Meeting
January 13, 2012 -- Tribal AC Teleconference (optional)
March 22, 2012 -- Tribal AC Meeting
June 08, 2012 -- Tribal AC Teleconference (optional)
July 12, 2012 -- Tribal AC Meeting
Aug. 23, 2012 -- Tribal AC Teleconference (optional)
Sept. 12-13, 2012 -- Plenary
Nov. 8, 2012 -- Tribal AC Meeting
Jan. 24, 2013 -- Tribal AC Meeting
June 6, 2013 -- meeting notes coming soon
Aug. 22, 2013 -- meeting notes coming soon
Oct. 29-30 -- Plenary meeting notes coming soon
Dec. 12, 2013 -- meeting notes coming soon
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