Governor Newsom appoints NAHC Commissioner Bennae Calac

On behalf of the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), esteemed Commissioners and staff, we are excited to be joined by Bennae Calac of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians. Bennae Calac was appointed as a Commissioner by Governor Gavin Newsom on February 29, 2024. The NAHC looks forward to Bennae Calac’s hard work and dedication to tribal communities, carry over to the NAHC’s mission to preserve and protect California Native American Ancestors and cultural heritage.

You may find Governor Newsom’s announcement of Commissioner Calac here.

Job Announcement: Staff Services Manager I Final Filing Date: 3/12/24

Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, the Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) – Specialist will assist the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) Legal Department in the management of highly confidential and complex matters, including investigations and cases under the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA) Assembly Bill 275 (AB) and NAHC enforcement matters (Chapters 1.75 and 1.76 of Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, Senate Bill 18 (SB), and AB-52, and processing of complaints, requests for assistance, or disputes that arise under those laws; and exercise substantial authority over the NAHC’s response to Public Records Act (PRA) requests. The SSMI – Specialist, must exercise good judgment with all interactions with the public with minimal supervision by the Chief Counsel with oversight and authority to determine which complaints and charges will be investigated further by the Legal Department.

CalCareers: JC-419626 Staff Services Manager I (Specialist)

Robert M. Wood – Obituary

The Native American Heritage Commission is sad to announce the passing of Rob Wood. Rob Wood, age 75, of Sacramento, passed on Sunday February 18, 2024. Rob championed the protection of tribal cultural resources for over two decades at the Commission. In addition to his work at the Commission, Rob was a tribal advocate at the California Department of Parks and Recreation where he was integral in work relating to the California Indian Museum, State Capitol Museum, and the repatriation of tribal ancestors. Rob also served on the Board of Directors for the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation and echoed the importance this Center honoring California Native Americans. Rob will be dearly missed by his NAHC family.

More information on services may be found here.

NAHC Commission Meeting Rescheduled – May 3, 2024

The Native American Heritage Commission’s (NAHC) upcoming Commission Meeting originally scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2024 has been rescheduled to Friday, May 3, 2024. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have graciously offered to host the May 3rd meeting. The address and facility information will be provided on the NAHC’s homepage upon the finalization of the agenda.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at nahc@nahc.ca.gov.

Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations – Comment Period Extended to March 1, 2024

On October 20, 2023, NAHC Commissioners approved the release of the Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations to a tribal comment and consultation period. At the January 19, 2024 Commission Meeting, the Commissioners voted to extended the comment period. The deadline to submit comment has been extended to March 1, 2024. Tribes wishing to engage in individual tribal consultations will have until February 16, 2024 to request a meeting. Comments and requests for tribal consultations may be submitted to tribal.consultation@nahc.ca.gov.

For more information or questions, please contact the Native American Heritage Commission at 916-373-3710 or email us at Tribal.consultation@nahc.ca.gov. Additional information on the Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations may be found here.

Reminder: NAHC Seeks Nominations to the CSU NAGPRA Systemwide and Campus Implementation and Oversight Committees

The Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) is looking for qualified individuals for nomination to the California State University (CSU) Systemwide and Campus, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Implementation and Oversight Committees. These Committees will provide the CSU with expertise to ensure compliance with NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA, and  will make recommendations to the CSU Chancellor on matters of compliance and best practices. The Systemwide Committee will also establish directives and guiding principles to help guide all CSU campuses. For campuses that have ancestral remains and cultural items, there will also be campus-based committees formed to assist in their repatriation efforts. Priority Systemwide Committee nomination deadline is Friday, February 02, 2024. CSU Campus Committee nominations will be an ongoing process.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email calnagpra@nahc.ca.gov . The CSU Systemwide and Campus Nomination Form and Qualification information may be found here.

Public Meeting Notice and Agenda – January 19, 2024

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA

CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION

Office Phone (916) 373-3710

Email: nahc@nahc.ca.gov

 Location: EEC Auditorium

1500 Capitol Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95814

Friday, January 19, 2024

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Notices, Agendas, and supporting documents for Native American Heritage Commission Meetings and Public Hearings will be provided at the event and may also be accessed at http://www.nahc.ca.gov or by written request to nahc@nahc.ca.gov. Confidential materials exempt.

Live video streaming and archived video of this Commission Meeting may be accessed at https://videobookcase.org/nahc/2024-01-19

Agenda items may be taken out of order.

AGENDA

9:00 AM — CALL TO ORDER

  • Welcome
  • Roll Call
  • Introduction of Commissioners, Staff, and Attorney General’s Representative
  • Traditional Opening (Sara Dutschke, Tribal Chairwoman, Ione Band of Miwok Indians, Native American Heritage Commission Secretary)

ACTION

1. Approval of Meeting Minutes

  1. October 20, 2023 – Open Session
  2. October 20, 2023 – Closed Session
  3. November 21, 2023 – Open Session
  4. November 21, 2023 – Closed Session

2. Draft Contact List Regulations (Raymond Hitchcock, Executive Secretary, Buffy McQuillen, Wayne Nelson, Contact List Sub-Committee) 

  1. Update on the progress of the Tribal Comment & Consultation Period for the Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations used to identify California Native American Tribes for various statutory purposes. [Contact List Listening Session Dates] [CCST letter to NAHC requesting extension for Contact List comments]
  2. Commissioners to consider tribal request to extend the 90-day Tribal Comment & Consultation Period beyond February 02, 2024.
  3. Commissioners to consider second round of Tribal Comment & Consultation after all comments received from the initial 90-Day Tribal Comment & Consultation Period are considered and Draft Proposed changes are incorporated into the revised Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations.

3. Draft CalNAGPRA Dispute Resolution / Mediation Regulations (Michelle Carr, NAHC Chief Legal, Reggie Pagaling, Sara Dutschke, Mediation Sub-Committee)

  1. Update on status of Draft CalNAGPRA Dispute Resolution / Mediation Regulations required by Health & Safety Code § 8016 to resolve repatriation disputes.
  2. Commissioners to consider recirculating the Draft CalNAGPRA Dispute Resolution / Mediation Regulations out to Tribes for a Second Round of Tribal Comment & Consultation for either a 30, 45, 60, or 90-day Period. [Proposed Mediation Regulations Final Draft]

4. Calendar Dates and Locations for the following Public Commission Meetings Update (Raymond Hitchcock, Executive Secretary)

  1. Commissioners to approve the following Commission Dates & Meeting Locations:
    • Friday, April 19, 2024 – Location TBD
    • Friday, July 19, 2024 – Location TBD

5. Commission Sub-Committee Update (Raymond Hitchcock, Executive Secretary)

  1. Commissioners to consider filling Sub-Committee vacancies.
    • Most Likely Descendant Regulations Sub-Committee (Commissioner Bojorquez, vacant).

6. CalNAGPRA UC Systemwide / Campus Repatriation and Oversight Committee Nominations Update (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney) [Outreach and Vacancies Memo]

  1. Commissioners to consider the Nomination of Dr. Brittani Orona to the UC Systemwide Committee as a UC Member (Voting Position) (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney, Chairman Pagaling, Commissioner Rodriguez, UC/CSU Systemwide / Campus Sub-Committee) [Dr. Orona]
  2. Commissioners to consider the Nomination of Joyce Stanfield Perry as a replacement for any upcoming (Non-Federally Recognized) Tribal Member Vacancy on the UC Systemwide Committee (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney, Chairman Pagaling, Commissioner Rodriguez, UC/CSU Systemwide / Campus Sub-Committee) [Joyce Perry]
  3. Commissioners to consider the provisional Nomination of Dustin Murray to the UC Berkeley Campus Committee as a Tribal Member (Federally Recognized) Voting Position (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney, Chairman Pagaling, Commissioner Rodriguez, UC/CSU Systemwide / Campus Sub-Committee) [Dustin Murray]
  4. Commissioners to consider the Nomination of Larissa Nez to the UC Systemwide Committee as a UC Berkeley (Non-Voting) Member (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney, Chairman Pagaling, Commissioner Rodriguez, UC/CSU Systemwide / Campus Sub-Committee) [Larissa Nez]

INFORMATIONAL

7. California State University (CSU) CalNAGPRA Compliance Update (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney)

  1. CSU Chancellor’s Office Representative Guest Speaker (Nathan Dietrich, CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advocacy and State Relations)
    • Nathan Dietrich to address Commissioners on CalNAGPRA Compliance and progress.
  2. Update on AB 389 and its statutory requirements for the NAHC related to CSU repatriation (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney). [AB 389]
  3. Update on NAHC / CSU Systemwide & Campus CalNAGPRA Repatriation and Oversight Committee outreach and timelines for Nominations (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney). [CSU Outreach Timelines]
  4. Update on 2023 Audit Report findings for the CSU non-compliance of CalNAGPRA (Mario Pallari, NAHC Attorney). [Audit Summary]

8. Update on the recently amended NAGPRA Regulations (Michelle Carr, NAHC Chief Legal) [Federal NAGPRA Regulations]

9. Executive Secretary Report (Raymond Hitchcock, Executive Secretary) [Executive Secretary Report]

10. Commissioner Reports

PUBLIC COMMENT – Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes for each speaker, unless otherwise determined by the Commission.

Please email any public comments to nahc@nahc.ca.gov by 4:00PM Thursday, January 18, 2024.  Comments received after this time will not be accepted. All submissions should include “Public Comment” in the subject line, your name, who you represent, and the subject you wish to address. Written comments will be acknowledged and read into the record.

The public may comment on any item on the agenda before action is taken on the item.

4:00 PM — ADJOURNMENT – At the end of Public Comment or 4:00 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. Follow us on Twitter: @CA_NAHC

NAHC Seeks Nominations to the CSU NAGPRA Systemwide and Campus Implementation and Oversight Committees

The Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) is looking for qualified individuals for nomination to the California State University (CSU) Systemwide and Campus, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Implementation and Oversight Committees. These Committees will provide the CSU with expertise to ensure compliance with NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA, and  will make recommendations to the CSU Chancellor on matters of compliance and best practices. The Systemwide Committee will also establish directives and guiding principles to help guide all CSU campuses. For campuses that have ancestral remains and cultural items, there will also be campus-based committees formed to assist in their repatriation efforts. Priority Systemwide Committee nomination deadline is Friday, February 02, 2024. CSU Campus Committee nominations will be an ongoing process.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email calnagpra@nahc.ca.gov . The CSU Systemwide and Campus Nomination Form and Qualification information may be found here.

Governor Newsom appoints NAHC Deputy Executive Secretary

Raymond C. Hitchcock, Executive Secretary, welcomed Steven Quinn’s appointment with this message, “It is with great pleasure I welcome Mr. Steven Quinn as our Deputy Executive Secretary of the Native American Heritage Commission. Today Steven was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to assist myself and the Heritage Commission and fill this very important role in continuing to preserve and protect our Ancestors along with helping lead our Department into the future. Steven has worked for the NAHC for many years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience we can rely upon. I am excited to have him as part of our executive team and look forward to all the amazing work he will do!”

Governor Newsom’s December 7th, 2023, appointments may be found here.

CSU Seeks Nominations to NAGPRA Implementation and Oversight Committees

The California State University (CSU) is looking for qualified individuals for nomination to the systemwide and campus-based Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Implementation and Oversight Committees. These Committees will provide the CSU with expertise to ensure compliance with the NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA, and  will make recommendations to the CSU chancellor on matters of compliance and best practices. The Committee will also establish directives and guiding principles to help guide all CSU campuses. For campuses that have ancestral remains and cultural items, there will also be campus-based committees formed to assist in their repatriation efforts.

For more information, please see the Press Statement here.

SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA – November 21, 2023

SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA

CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION

Office Phone (916) 373-3710

Email: nahc@nahc.ca.gov

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Commissioners will participate remotely. The public may participate and provide public comment during the public comment periods by telephone or zoom, and otherwise observe remotely in accordance with Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act pursuant to Government Code Section 11123.2:

 

“In addition to the authorization to hold a meeting by teleconference pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 11123 and Section 11123.5, a state body may hold an open or closed meeting by teleconference as described in this section, provided the meeting complies with all of this section’s requirements and, except as set forth in this section, it also complies with all other applicable requirements of this article relating to the specific type of meeting.”

All meeting materials will be provided at the meeting, NAHC Website –  http://www.nahc.ca.gov or written request to nahc@nahc.ca.gov.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://tkoworks.zoom.us/j/83335277493

Or Telephone:

Dial:

+1 669 900 6833

Enter the Webinar ID: 833 3527 7493

AGENDA

3:00 PM — CALL TO ORDER – Native American Heritage Commission

  • Welcome
  • Roll Call
  • Introduction of Commissioners, Staff, and Attorney General’s Representative
  • Traditional Opening

CLOSED SESSION

1. City of Corona WRF Lift Station No. 3 Project, Risk of Litigation (Government Code, § 11126(e)(2)(B)(i). (Michelle Carr, NAHC Chief Legal Counsel)1

PUBLIC COMMENT – Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes for each speaker, unless otherwise determined by the Commission.

Please email any public comments to nahc@nahc.ca.gov by 4:00PM Monday, November 20, 2023, to be read into the record.  All submissions should include “Public Comment” in the subject line, your name, who you represent, and the subject you wish to address.

The public may comment on any item on the agenda before action is taken on the item.

6:00 PM — ADJOURNMENT – At the end of Public Comment or 6:00 PM, whichever is first.

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[1] City of Corona, lead agency, CEQA project: https://ceqanet.opr.ca.gov/2020060417/2 where Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 5097.98 is also applicable.

*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. Follow us on Twitter: @CA_NAHC

Job Announcement: Office Technician (Typing) – Final Filing Date Extended: 11/21/2023

Under general supervision of the Chief Deputy Executive Secretary, the Office Technician is responsible for a broad spectrum of clerical and administrative duties in order to support the Environmental and Cultural Division, Administrative Division, Chief Deputy Executive Secretary, and Executive Secretary. The OT will be required to work closely with Cultural and Environmental staff to perform education and outreach efforts and be expected to complete tasks utilizing high originality of creativity to contribute to NAHC strategic goals. The OT (T) will need to have the ability to exercise a high degree of initiative and independent judgment to carry out assigned tasks with minimal supervision and direction. The OT (T) must work in a team environment, have strong communication skills, work well under pressure, and meet short deadlines.

 

CalCareers: JC-390210 Office Technician (Typing)