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The Superior California Chapter of the

Association of Environmental Professionals presents

Emerging Approaches to Tribal Consultation/ Engagement and CEQA Compliance

February 7, February 21, and March 6, 2024

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Webinars for All Three, Plus In Person Option for March 6 Final Workshop

[AICP Credit Pending]

Tribal leaders, lead agencies and project proponents are finding ways to engage with Tribes to improve how Tribal cultural resources are considered for project planning and CEQA compliance. CEQA has required the consideration of project impacts to Tribal cultural resources for just under a decade, and yet there is still a lack of consensus, much less clear direction, on best practices. Lead Agencies have an opportunity to establish positive relationships with California Native American Tribes through project-level engagement and through consultation regarding Tribal cultural resources. 

How can agencies update their CEQA policies and practices to create opportunities for meaningful consultation and engagement that doesn’t create an excessive burden on review timelines? What should all practitioners understand about Tribal perspectives on the interrelatedness of ecological, cultural, and spiritual resources when seeking to identify Tribal cultural resources? How can agencies develop and apply qualitative standards of significance to meet CEQA requirements while considering elements of Tribal cultural resources that convey physical, ceremonial, or spiritual meaning?

This workshop series will present and explore approaches to governmental and environmental agency policies, engagement strategies, maintaining confidentiality, assessing impacts, and co-creating mitigation for impacts to Tribal cultural resources. Each workshop will represent a progression into the complexity of the topic: foundational definitions and concepts, evolving interpretations and concepts, and trends for the future of Tribal cultural resources analysis in CEQA. The panelists will present on three key perspectives: understanding regulatory requirements, listening to and incorporating Tribal Science/Tribal Ecological Knowledge, and compiling the record.

Panelists: Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Policy Advisor, California Department of Water Resources; Liz Klebaner, Partner, Nossaman LLP; Susan Lassell, Senior Managing Director-Cultural Resources, ICF

Moderator: Stephanie Parsons, Owner, CreativEnvironment Group

Location for In-person Workshop on March 6th: The Reason Center, 1300 Hurley Way Suite 675, Sacramento 95815.

Cost: FREE for AEP members; $60 for non-members

Parking:  Parking is free on site.

March 6 Lunch: Optional no-host NOON networking lunch on 3/6 – Buca di Beppo at Howe & Hurley (walking distance)


When you register, you are registering to attend all three workshops. There is no partial payment. This is a progressive series that builds upon information from each preceeding workshop.You will have several ticket options – member and non-member, and in-person or webinar for the March 6 workshop. Webinar link will be emailed to you.

If you have any issues with registration, contact Janet Dallas, AEP Chapter Treasurer at m or (916) 607-1775. If you need to cancel in-person attendance for 3/6, please contact Janet Dallas. Non-members may pay via PayPal on the registration website or mail check payable to AEP c/o Janet Dallas, Treasurer, 2020 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95811. If you do not have PayPal or checks, and need to pay another way, contact Janet Dallas.


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