Native American Consultation

The California Department of Parks and Recreation recognizes its special responsibility as the steward of many sites of cultural and spiritual significance to living Native peoples of California.

Native American Consultation

Consultation with California Indian people has been a directive for California State Parks for many decades, starting with the hiring of our first State Archaeologist, Fritz Riddell in 1960.  In 2005 the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research developed their Tribal Consultation Guidelines to meet the statutory requirements of Senate Bill 18 (Chapter 905, statutes of 2004), and these were enfolded into the daily business of State Parks.  In 2007 State Parks adopted a Consultation Policy, found in Departmental Notice 2007-05, to ensure on-going, meaningful and timely consideration of the views of California Indian tribes in the protection and preservation of the California Indian heritage resources that are held in trust by the Department.  The most recent advances in consultation have come through the Governor’s Office in the form of Executive Order B-10-11 which recognizes the need for government-to-government consultation on policies that affect California tribal communities.

Tribal Liaison

Executive Order B-10-11 also established the need for each agency within California Government to have a Tribal Liaison person who will coordinate with the Governor’s Tribal Advisor and other agency liaisons in other departments.  State Parks has appointed a Tribal Liaison as of March 1, 2013. The Department’s Tribal Liaison works to engage in open, respectful, ongoing consultation with appropriate California Indian tribes or groups in the proper management of areas, places, objects or burials associated with their heritage, sacred sites and traditional cultural properties or cultural traditions in the State Park System. There are nine primary areas where consultation is appropriate. Prior to implementing projects or policies that may have impacts to Native California Indian sites within the State Park System, the Department will actively consult with local Native California Indian tribes regarding the protection, preservation and/or mitigation of cultural sites and sacred sites in the State Park System. Consultation between local Native California Indian tribes and California State Parks is required in the following nine areas of activity:

1) acquisition of properties where cultural sites are present;
2) during the General Plan process and/or development of Management Plans;
3) planning, design, and implementation of capital outlay, public works and development projects;
4) issues of concern identified by the tribes;
5) plant and mineral gathering by Native people;
6) access to Native California Indian ceremonial sites;
7) archaeological permitting;
8) mitigation of vandalism and development of protective measures at California Indian sites; and
9) when using the Native voice in presenting the story of Native California Indian people in park units.

Our Tribal Liaison is engaged in meeting with other agency liaisons, the Native American Heritage Commission, and California tribal communities to identify and respond to issues of importance to California Indian people throughout the State Park System.  
Contact State Parks Tribal Liaison

Department Collections Move – McClellan Park

The Department is currently moving all its museum collections from out-dated warehouses in West Sacramento to a newly renovated facility at McClellan Park. This move will consolidate collections that have been separated for many years into one facility that has state-of-the-art temperature and humidity control to improve the storage, and therefore the life, of our most fragile artifacts.  The collections that will be stored in this facility represent thousands of types of materials associated with State Parks throughout California.  The collections include furniture, clothing, domestic objects, personal items, fine art, railroad equipment, California Indian made objects of all types, mining and ranching equipment, and archives of photos and records. When the move is completed and the new facility operational it will provide an improved space for research, study, and analysis of these important material remains of our collective past within this state.