CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC Hosts Second Tribal and Intergovernmental Relations Meeting

October 19, 2023

Strong government-to-government relations are critical to preserving and expanding essential services to mutual constituents. CSAC recognizes and respects the tribal right of self-governance to provide for tribal members and to preserve traditional tribal culture and heritage. CSAC is committed to promoting and supporting the development of positive working relationships between counties and tribes to the mutual benefit of both parties and the communities they respectively serve.

On Wednesday, October 18th, CSAC hosted a regional tribal outreach meeting in Placer County with county supervisors in the Sacramento Valley region as well as tribal leadership from those counties. The goal of the meeting was to obtain feedback and ideas from supervisors and tribes on ways to update and modernize CSAC’s Tribal and Intergovernmental Relations (Chapter 15) Platform.

Moderated by Supervisor Bonnie Gore, Co-Chair of the CSAC Housing, Land Use and Transportation (HLT) Policy Committee, meeting participants provided comments, feedback and recommendations on each section of the Chapter 15 Platform, including the need to improve government-to-government relations, encourage education for counties on tribal culture and history, encourage negotiations between local governments and tribal governments, as well as include more collaborative language throughout the platform.

The meeting was attended by CSAC HLT Staff, Supervisor Bonnie Gore (Placer), Supervisor Lucas Frerichs (Yolo), Supervisor Gary Bradford (Yuba), Supervisor Don Blaser (Yuba), Dore Bietz, Office of Emergency Services Assistant Director at Tuolumne County, as well as county staff. Tribal representatives attending the meeting included representatives from the United Auburn Indian Community, the Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California, the Enterprise Rancheria of Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe, the Nevada City Rancheria, the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk, and the Yocha De He Wintun Nation.

CSAC staff will continue to hold regional meetings to take comments on the Tribal and Intergovernmental Relations Platform, including November 13th for the San Francisco Bay Area Region.

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