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Tribal Engagement



Photo credit: The California Department of Water Resources



Photo credit: The California Department of Water Resources


Photo credit: The California Department of Water Resources

How Native American Tribes Can Engage with IRWM

An informative overview created by DWR.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) for Application by Service Scientists

Published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to guide federal employees to create better partnerships with Native American communities.

DWR Tribal Policy

DWR is committed to open, inclusive, and regular communication with tribal governments and communities to recognize and understand their needs and interests. Read more...

DWR Office of Tribal Advisor

DWR's Office of the Tribal Policy Advisor is the central point of coordinated communication and consultation with California Native American tribes to ensure proactive and meaningful consultation. Anecita Agustinez has served as DWR's tribal policy advisor since August 2013. Agustinez has over 30 years of advocacy experience on behalf of California’s Native American tribes. She provides policy support and recommendations regarding tribal issues to the director and chief deputy director and has been actively engaged with our projects and programs, assisting with tribal consultation and development of the DWR Tribal Consultation Policy.

California Native American Heritage Commission

The California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) identifies, catalogs, and protects Native American cultural resources -- ancient places of special religious or social significance to Native Americans and known ancient graves and cemeteries of Native Americans on private and public lands in California. 


Roundtable of Regions Tribal Caucus Development Listening Sessions

DWR and the Roundtable of Regions hosted 2 listening sessions to discuss the creation of a Tribal Caucus within the Roundtable organizational structure. The listening sessions were held on May 18, 2021 and May 24, 2021.

The meeting notes will be posted when available.

Tribal Regional Water Management Webinar 

DWR's Office of Tribal Policy Advisor and Division of Regional Assistance hosted a three-part webinar series on Tribal Regional Water Management. The objective was to improve opportunities for Tribal engagement in Integrated Regional Water Management and provide more access to funding for California Native Tribes.

The webinar, held May 19, 26, and June 2, 2020, was organized as follows: 

Part 1: Tribes and Regional Water Management Create a common understanding of IRWM by hearing about how Tribes have engaged with IRWM throughout California.

Part 2: Tribal Engagement in Regional Water Management Further discuss successes and challenges Tribes have experienced in IRWM and consider methods to improve opportunities for Tribes.

Part 3: The Future of Regional Water Management Look beyond the scope of IRWM to consider the future of regional water management and how this intersects with other sectors and programs.

The event recording and presentations will be linked when available.

2018 Tribal Water Summit Proceedings


Photo credit: The California Department of Water Resources

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