The Record of Decision and the Authority’s implementing status both include a commitment to coordinate with tribal governments as part of Program implementation. Part of the oversight and coordination function of the Authority is to help implementing agencies avoid and address tribal concerns associated with their implementation activities.
The tribes have been involved with CALFED Program for a number of years and currently are represented on BDPAC. Tribes have been working to protect and preserve Indian Trust Assets since CALFED’s beginnings. Tribes are very aware of stewardship concepts and have formed partnerships with many agencies and environmental groups to promote such concepts and on-the-ground projects. The oversight and coordination aspect of CALFED provides opportunities for cooperation and coordination to occur.
There are 109 federally recognized Indian Tribes throughout California.