Emerging Approaches to Tribal Consultation / Engagement and CEQA Compliance

The Superior California Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Tribal Consultation / Engagement Series
03.06.2024
Sacramento, CA
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Liz Klebaner will serve as a panelist for the final presentation in a 3-part workshop series on “Emerging Approaches to Tribal Consultation / Engagement and CEQA Compliance” on March 6, 2024.

Tribal leaders, lead agencies and project proponents are finding ways to engage with Tribes to improve how Tribal cultural resources are considered for project planning and CEQA compliance. CEQA has required the consideration of project impacts to Tribal cultural resources for just under a decade, and yet there is still a lack of consensus, much less clear direction, on best practices. Lead agencies have an opportunity to establish positive relationships with California Native American Tribes through project-level engagement and through consultation regarding Tribal cultural resources.

How can agencies update their CEQA policies and practices to create opportunities for meaningful consultation and engagement that doesn’t create an excessive burden on review timelines? What should all practitioners understand about Tribal perspectives on the interrelatedness of ecological, cultural, and spiritual resources when seeking to identify Tribal cultural resources? How can agencies develop and apply qualitative standards of significance to meet CEQA requirements while considering elements of Tribal cultural resources that convey physical, ceremonial, or spiritual meaning?

This workshop series presents and explores approaches to governmental and environmental agency policies, engagement strategies, maintaining confidentiality, assessing impacts and co-creating mitigation for impacts to Tribal cultural resources. Each workshop represents a progression into the complexity of the topic: foundational definitions and concepts, evolving interpretations and concepts and trends for the future of Tribal cultural resources analysis in CEQA. The panelists will present on three key perspectives: understanding regulatory requirements, listening to and incorporating Tribal Science/Tribal Ecological Knowledge and compiling the record.

The California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) was founded in 1974 as non-profit association of public and private sector professionals with a common interest in serving the principles underlying the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The specific and primary purposes of the association are to establish and operate a professional association of persons involved in and committed to improving the processing and implementation of environmental assessment, analysis, public disclosure, and reporting.

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