Tribal Affairs

California Tribal communities are unique stakeholders. Tribal communities are the original inhabitants of California and have a special relationship with both the federal and state governments. Tribes are distinctly different from each other in culture and government structure.

Learn about the Tribal Affairs in California:




Draft Tribal Consultation Policy 

We are pleased to share our draft policy with you for your feedback and suggestions. This policy outlines the DTSC Tribal consultation process with the foundational principles of collaboration, communication, education, and Tribal sovereignty.

Draft Tribal Consultation Policy

How to Submit Comments

The policy comment period will run until Wednesday, August 1, 2018. You may submit your comments via email to Brittani Orona, Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs Specialist at or via mail to:

Brittani Orona
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs
1001 I Street, MS-22C
Sacramento, CA 95814

Upcoming Workshops

DTSC is partnering with the California Air Resources Board and California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) to host three workshops across the state. The workshops will provide information on each agency/department and their respective draft Tribal policies and protocols. The workshops will be open to both Tribal representatives and community members interested in the policy process.

Flyer for June dates and locations

Agenda for June workshops

CalEPA, California Air Resources Board, and  Department of Toxic Substances Control Draft Tribal Consultation Policy and Protocol Workshops|

The Tribal Consultation Protocol workshops will be held at the following locations and will also be webcasted in select venues, listed below.

Central California (webcast available)

Date: Tuesday, June 5th
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00pm
Location: Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, 11020 Sun Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 - Conference room: R5

Southern California

Date: Tuesday, June 12th
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Morongo Council Chambers, 12700 Pumarra Road; Banning, CA 92220

Northern California (webcast available)

Date: Tuesday June 19th
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Central Valley Regional; Water Quality Control Board in Redding, 364 Knollcrest Drive, #205, Redding, CA 96002 - Conference room: Greg Cash

Agendas and webcast links will be available prior to the meeting date and can be found

The workshop venues offer free parking and all rooms are ADA complaint and offer wheelchair

Questions? Please contact Malinda Dumisani at or (916) 445-9480