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California Tribal Advisory Committee

Initiated in 2015, the California Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) is a forum for the Native American Tribes and tribal members in California to address natural resource issues on tribal lands. The TAC provides tribes an opportunity to voice conservation issues that are important to them directly to the State Conservationist and in doing so, help to shape the NRCS California Tribal Program.

Tribal Conservation Advisory Committees were first authorized in the 1996 Farm Bill as advisory bodies to USDA agencies including NRCS on Tribal issues.

  • At the local level, Tribal Advisory Committees can–
    Provide leadership on conservation needs, programs, and priorities to NRCS Tribal Liaison.
    Maintain communications with the NRCS Tribal liaison.
    Engage NRCS in resource assessments.
    Develop conservation plans and priorities for implementation.
     
  • At the State Level, Tribal Advisory Committees can–
    Maintain communications with the State Conservationist.
    Communicate conservation needs, plans, and priorities to the State Conservationist.
    Engage the State Conservationist in developing annual budgets for natural resource conservation. Advise regional level conservation advisory committees of natural resource programs and budget needs.
     
  • At the Regional Level, Tribal Advisory Committees can–
    Maintain communications with the Regional Conservationists
    Communicate with State and national level Tribal Conservation Advisory committees regarding conservation programs, legislative needs, and budgets.

The NRCS California Tribal Advisory Committee Mission:

To promote the conservation and preservation of natural resources on Native American land, to educate, advise, and inform American Indian land owners, tribes, and tribal groups of available assistance to promote strong and stable tribal resource management programs, and to assist NRCS in fulfilling its trust responsibilities by maintaining communication about how NRCS programs can better meet their needs.

Purpose

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California Tribal Conservation Advisory Committee (CA-TAC) is a Committee of member tribes that provide input and feedback on NRCS rules, policies, and programs and their impacts on tribes and work with NRCS California to promote conservation on tribal lands. It is a forum for providing leadership on conservation needs and priorities that are important to Tribal Nations, giving a voice to tribes on conservation issues at the state and national level. Recommendations from the TAC will go directly to the NRCS California State Conservationist and will be incorporated into our efforts to improve USDA-NRCS Tribal Programs from a technical and policy standpoint.

The California Tribal Advisory Committee Will Focus On

  • Maintaining communications with the State Conservationist to develop tribal specific initiatives and propose budgets for NRCS conservation programs;
  • Communicating conservation needs, plans, and priorities to the California State Conservationist;
  • Increasing American Indian land owners and tribe’s knowledge of program and funding opportunities;
  • Fostering and encouraging working relationships among American Indian land owners, tribes, and the NRCS to improve conservation efforts on Tribal Lands.

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Tribal Advisory Committee Documents

Meeting Materials

Meeting Date     Minutes & Meeting Materials  Documents & Presentations
Fall 2020

Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda - Fall 2020 (PDF; 250 KB)

Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - Fall 2020 (MS Word; 210 KB)

Updates to TAC-Kagat McQuillen-Fall 2020 (MS PowerPoint; 815 KB)

TAC NRCS Programs Update-Fall 2020 (MS PowerPoint; 6.3 MB)

CIBA-Tribal Advisory Council-Fall 2020 (MS PowerPoint; 5 MB)

Spring 2020

Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda - Spring 2020 (PDF; 115 KB)

Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - Spring 2020 (PDF; 200 KB)

Assisting California Tribal Agriculture (2019 Farm Bill) (PDF; 860 KB)

California NRCS 5 Year Strategic Plan 2020-2025 Overview (PDF; 575 KB)

California NRCS 5 Year Strategic Plan 2020-2025 (booklet) (PDF; 2.8 MB)

Cultural Fire & the Tending and Gathering Garden (PDF; 6.4 MB)

Farm Bill Collaboration (PDF; 5.3 MB)

Conservation Agricultural
Mentoring Program (CAMP)
(PDF; 1.6 MB)

Salmon Habitat Restoration Practices (PDF; 700 KB)

Urban Agriculture Initiative (PDF; 500 KB)

Feedback from Tribes Farm Bill Collaboration Session (PDF; 500 KB)

Fall 2019

Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - Fall 2019 (PDF; 130 KB)

Prescribed Burn Subcommittee Meeting Minutes Condensed 9-9-19 (MS Word; 25 KB)

Prescribed Burn Subcommittee Meeting Minutes Condensed 11-7-19 (MS Word; 25 KB)

MOU-NRCS & BIA 11-6-19 (PDF; 5.7 MB)

Native Agriculture & Food Systems, First Nations Development Institute (PDF; 2.4 MB)

NRCS Resource Concern List (MS Word; 20 KB)

NRCS_Comments from Tribal Farm Bill Collaboration Sessions 2019 (MS Excel; 60 KB)

Programs Summary 2019 11-20-19 (MS PowerPoint; 14.9 MB)

Resource Concerns Weighted (PDF; 140 KB)

Tribal Fund Pools (MS PowerPoint; 14.9 MB)

Spring 2019

Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda - April 25, 2019 (PDF; 100 KB)

Spring 2019 TAC Meeting Minutes (MS Word; 30 KB)

2018 Tribal Assistance Update for TAC (PDF; 7.6 MB)

USDA NRCS Rx Fire for TAC (PowerPoint; 22.6 MB)

Fall 2018

Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - Fall 2018 (PDF; 200 KB)

Bureau of Reclamation Funding Opportunities (PDF; 900 KB)

California Farm Bill Programs Summary - FY 2018 (PDF; 925 KB)

USDA NRCS & Prescribed Burning in California (PDF; 2 MB)

Tribal Advisory Committee 2018 Funding & Obligations Summary (PDF; 375 KB)

 

 

Updated: 12/10/2020