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

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

For more information or questions, please contact the Native American Heritage Commission at 916-373-3710 or email us at Additional information on the Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations 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.




Office Phone (916) 373-3710


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 – or written request to

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or Telephone:


+1 669 900 6833

Enter the Webinar ID: 833 3527 7493


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

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


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 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.


[1] City of Corona, lead agency, CEQA project: 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 Our website address is: 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)

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

November is recognized nationwide as Native American Heritage Month. Since 1990 when the first Native American Heritage Month was proclaimed, November has been a month to reflect on our nation’s history, commemorate the contributions of Tribes, and celebrate the unique and widely diverse cultures of America’s First Peoples. Please join us in celebration by observing some of the events taking place in California this month, which will focus on honoring California’s Native American Heritage.


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Job Announcement: Staff Services Manager I – Final Filing Date: 11/8/2023

The Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) plays a key role in organizing, planning, and supervising the Administrative Unit’s staff and operations under the NAHC Chief Deputy Executive Secretary’s direction. This includes overseeing Human Resources development, managing Facilities, Budgeting, and clerical operations to ensure effective implementation and ongoing functionality.


CalCareers: JC-400208 – Staff Services Manager I

Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations

On October 20, 2023, NAHC Commissioners approved the release of the Proposed Draft Contact List Regulations to interested parties to review and give comment. This first step is a part of the Pre APA-Rulemaking Process and will allow tribes to give important feedback and comments to the continued formulation of these Draft Contact List Regulations. This comment period will conclude on Friday, February 02, 2024. Once initial tribal input is received, reviewed, and considered, the NAHC will summarize all comments from tribes and post the Proposed Draft Contact List Comment & Response to Comment Summary within the Proposed Regulations Tab found on our Website Homepage. Once a revised Draft is developed and potentially approved by Commissioners, the Draft Regulations will be submitted to the Office of Administrative Law to begin the formal APA-Rulemaking Process which will include a minimum 45-day Public Comment on these regulations.

For more information or questions, please contact the Native American Heritage Commission at 916-373-3710 or email us at