CSAC Bulletin Article

Strengthening Intergovernmental-Tribal Relations

September 21, 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 Monday, September 18th, CSAC hosted a regional tribal outreach meeting in Inyo County with county supervisors from Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties 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 Jennifer Kreitz, 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 mutual communications, the importance of incorporating tribal value, the enhancement of economic development opportunities for counties and tribes, and other collaborative opportunities for government-to-government relations between counties and tribal governments.

The meeting was attended by CSAC HLT Staff, CSAC Second Vice President Jeff Griffiths, Supervisor Trina Orrill (Inyo), Supervisor Scott Marcellin (Inyo), Supervisor Jennifer Roeser (Inyo), Supervisor Lynda Salcido (Mono), Supervisor Irving Jim (Alpine) as well as staff from Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties. Tribal representatives attending the meeting included Tribal Chairwoman Meryl Picard from the Bishop Paiute Tribe and Tribal Chairman Irving Jim from the Hung-A-Lel-Ti Community of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

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

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