Our ties to the land are part of our history, traditions, belief systems and self-government as a People.
Thus, the preservation of tribal sacred places is paramount to Indian Tribes and Indian People because such places define our history and our identity as a People that have survived for thousands of years throughout California.
We have a solemn obligation to our ancestors and to future generations to protect the sacred places that are central to our culture, our spirituality, and our heritage.
Traditional aboriginal lands are frequently outside of tribal boundaries due to past federal and state policies, such as Termination. Accordingly, tribes frequently look to state environmental laws to address the potential impacts of projects that take place outside their given trust lands and reservation boundaries.
Please see the following documents regarding policy to preserve native languages: