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Implementation of AB 52 – CEQA Tribal Consultation Information

After July 1, 2015,  public agencies will be required to consult with California Native American tribes that are on the Native American Heritage Commission’s (NAHC) consultation list that are traditionally and culturally affiliated with the geographic area of a proposed project that is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The Commission has provided information to assist in the implementation of AB 52 – CEQA Tribal Consultation.

Next Meeting Dates: July 16 & 17, San Diego

The Commission will be holding their next Tribal Consultation on the MLD Regulations, AB 52 Implementation and the NAHC Consultation Policy on July 16, 2015 in San Diego.

The Commission will be holding their next Commission meeting on July 17, 2015 in San Diego.

Agenda’s will be posted to this site 10 days before the meeting.  The posted agenda’s will include times and location.

 

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Notice of Tribal Consultation and Public Hearing/Workshop 6/18/2015

California Native American Heritage Commission
Notice of Tribal Consultations on the MLD Regulations, AB 52 Implementation, and the
NAHC Consultation Policy
Notice of Public Hearing/Workshop on Proposed MLD Regulations

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Chumash Tribal Hall
100 Via Juana Lane
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-688-7997

Thursday, June 18, 2015
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Pursuant to California Government Code section 11346.45, the California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) will hold a series of pre-notice public discussions to gather information concerning the adoption of proposed regulations to be added to Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations regarding the NAHC’s Most Likely Descendant (MLD) policy. The NAHC will also hold tribal consultation sessions on the MLD regulations, implementing AB 52 (Chapter 532, Public Resources Code sections 5097.94, 21073, 21074, 21080.3.1, 21080.3.2, 21082.3, 21083.09, 21084.2 and 21084), and the proposed NAHC Consultation Policy. All times after the 4:00 PM presentation are approximate.

Tribal Consultation will be with elected tribal leadership or their designees. Designees will need to provide a letter from the Chairperson or Tribal Council designating authority to speak on behalf of the tribe for purposes of consultation.

AGENDA

4:00 PM Welcome – Cynthia Gomez, Executive Secretary, Native American Heritage Commission
Introduction

4:15 PM Tribal Consultation: MLD Regulations Presentation
Cynthia Gomez, Executive Secretary, Native American Heritage Commission
Terrie Robinson, General Counsel, Native American Heritage Commission

5:00 PM Tribal Consultation: AB 52 Implementation Presentations
Cynthia Gomez, Executive Secretary, Native American Heritage Commission
Terrie Robinson, General Counsel, Native American Heritage Commission
Holly Roberson, Land Use Counsel, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

6:30 PM Tribal Consultation: NAHC Consultation Policy
Cynthia Gomez, Executive Secretary, Native American Heritage Commission
Terrie Robinson, General Counsel, Native American Heritage Commission

7:00 PM Public Comments
MLD Consultation topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:
1) Title 14, (proposed) Division 17, Native American Heritage Commission. The NAHC is considering adopting regulations to implement Public Resources Code section 5097.98 and would like to have public discussion about the following issues and any others relevant to Public Resources Code section 5097.98:

i. Whether only California Native American Tribes, as opposed to individuals, should be designated as Most Likely Descendants (MLD);
ii. What data should be used to determine tribal territories;
iii. What criteria and procedures should be considered by the NAHC in making an MLD designation when tribal territories overlap, including, but not limited to, rotation among tribes;
iv. What process and grounds should be used for removing an MLD from a project;
v. What process and grounds should be used for removing an MLD from the MLD list;
vi. What process should be followed by the NAHC to designate a second MLD when an MLD cannot serve, will not serve, or is removed from a project;
vii. Whether there should be a definition of “appropriate dignity”;
viii. Whether there should be guidelines for serving as an MLD;
ix. Whether an MLD should serve for an entire project, even if the project includes another tribe’s cultural area;
x. How to maintain the confidentiality of the location of discovered Native American remains;
xi. Whether there should be a definition of “placed or buried with” for purposes of determining what are associated grave goods under subdivision (d)(2) of Public Resources Code section 5097.98;
xii. What measures should be used to enforce subdivision (e) of Public Resources Code section 5097.98 when the landowner reinters Native American remains and items associated and buried with remains; and
xiii. Whether there should be guidelines for the completion of a report by the MLD, with recording of the burial site with CHRIS, on the property deed, or possible submission to the NAHC for inclusion in the Sacred Lands File.

2) Title 14, (proposed) Division 17, Native American Heritage Commission. The NAHC is considering adopting regulations to create a formal mediation process to implement Public Resources Code section 5097.94 (k).

3) Title 14, (proposed) Division 17, Native American Heritage Commission. The NAHC is considering adopting regulations to create a model pre-burial agreement to implement Public Resources Code section 5097.94, subdivisions (k) and (l).

8:00 PM Closing
At the end of Public Comment or 8:00 PM, whichever is first.

*The Native American Heritage Commission complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need additional information or assistance, please contact the Commission at (916) 373-3710 or via email at nahc@nahc.ca.gov. Our website address is: www.nahc.ca.gov.

Implementation of AB52 Sample Letters – Request for Formal Notification and Request for Consultation

Sample Letters for Tribes for the Implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 52 (Gatto, 2014)

(Chapter 532, California Statutes of 2014)

Request for Formal Notification and Request for Consultation

After AB 52’s July 1, 2015 effective date, public agencies will be required to consult with California Native American tribes that are on the Native American Heritage Commission’s (NAHC) consultation list that are traditionally and culturally affiliated with the geographic area of a proposed project that is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), if the tribes request formal notification and subsequently consultation. To assist tribes in this process, the NAHC is providing the sample letters below:

 

  • Sample letter from a California Indian tribe to a lead agency requesting formal notification of proposed CEQA projects  in the tribe’s area of traditional and cultural affiliation, pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21080.3.1 subd. (d). Request for Formal Notification of Proposed CEQA Projects

 

  • Sample letter from a California Indian tribe to a lead agency requesting consultation, pursuant Public Resources Code Section 21080.3.1, subds. (b), (d) and (e). Request-for-Formal-Tribal-Consultation

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