Tribal Partners

As a key component of this project, the project team is partnering with two California Native American Tribes, Pechanga Band of Indians and Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. Both Tribes are sharing their substantial lived experience engaging with state/local agencies under AB 52 and SB 18 to:

  • Evaluate with ELI and NATHPO the on-the-ground effectiveness of consultation under both laws through illustrative examples
  • Co-produce Indigenous Health Indicators (IHIs) with Dr. Jamie Donatuto. The IHIs will serve as invaluable tools the Tribes can use to identify and advocate for their health/wellness priorities and interests during the state/local environmental decision-making process

Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians


Pechanga Band of Indians

The Pechanga Band of Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe that has called the Temecula Valley in Southern California home since time immemorial.  The Pechanga Indian Reservation was established by presidential executive order in 1882, affirming the Tribe’s sovereign rights and land-base.  The Pechanga Band directly employs over 4,000 people and owns and operates the award-winning Pechanga Resort Casino and several economic enterprises.  


Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action program. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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