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Tuesday, April 9 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Native American Cultural Resources and Tribal Lands: Best Practices for GIS Practitioners and Others

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Native American Cultural Resources and Tribal Lands: Best Practices for GIS Practitioners and Others
All of North America is tribal ancestral lands, and California is home to more people of Native American heritage than any other state in the Country. The idea of boundaries around Native American Tribal lands is complicated and difficult to correctly portray on maps as points, lines, and polygons. This panel will attempt to clarify the concepts of tribal lands and areas of cultural significance to the tribes and will discuss Assembly Bill 52 which amended the California Environmental Quality Act providing for tribal consultation to mitigate project impacts to "tribal cultural resources" as defined in the Bill. Rob Wood of the California Native American Heritage Commission will discuss their Best Practices for tribal consultation to avoid conflicts that can result in significant cultural impacts for tribes. Tribal representatives Donna Begay and Dore Bietz will share their insights that should prove valuable to GIS practitioners and provide an element of traditional tribal knowledge in land use planning.

Donna Begay, PhD, Cultural Practitioner and Researcher, Tübatulabal Tribe
Robert Wood, Associate Environmental Planner, California Native American Heritage Commission

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Emily Alejandrino

Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Water Resources
Climate change specialist and tribal liaison at the California Department of Water Resources. Responsible for coordinating and developing environmental, climate change, tribal information and other interests for inclusion in department policy, recommendations, and documents. Manage... Read More →

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Donna Begay, PhD

Cultural Practitioner and Researcher, Tübatulabal Tribe
Tribal GIS perspectives includes discussion on development of culturally sensitive resources mapping, GIS an element of EJ (Environmental Justice), and using GIS to help protect cultural landscapes. Member of the Tubatulabal Tribe in Kern Valley, California - Researcher and Cultural... Read More →
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Robert Wood

Associate Environmental Planner, Native American Heritage Commission
Enrolled Citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Forty years with State Parks and the Native American Heritage Commission. Background in NAGPRA and Cal NAGPRA, and State laws dealing with the protection and preservation of California Native American cultural resources, including... Read More →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Salon D-3