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CalTHPO Summit II

Pala Band California PED Environment CalTHPO Summit Protecting Tribal Knowledge

CalTHPO & SHPO Summit 2023
Protecting Tribal Knowledge
Tuesday, May 23 – Thursday, May 25, 2023

Pala Spa Casino Resort


The California THPO & SHPO Virtual Summit brings together California’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal leaders, Tribal citizens, and cultural preservation staff with the California State Historic Preservation Officer and Office of Historic Preservation to facilitate discussion and sharing with state and federal agencies and organizations.

Registration Form: Google Registration Form

Hotel Reservation: Please call 1-877-PALA-ROOM (1-877-725-2766) and use group code G23SUMMIT to make your hotel reservation. Reservations must be made by phone to get the group rate.

Arrival: Monday, 5/22/23
Departure: Friday, 5/26/23
Rate: $99.00 tax-exempt
Group Code: G23SUMMIT


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Agenda (text-based)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Blessing
Anthony Ravago Jr., Pala Band of Mission Indians, Vice Chairman
Diana Duro, Kupa Song and Dance Group

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
CA Office of Historic Preservation
Julianne Polanco, SHPO

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Sara Bronin, Chair
Reid Nelson, Executive Director
Jamie Lee Marks, Senior Analyst, Office of Native American Affairs

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Federal Policies and Guidance
Haley Case-Scott, Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Jamie Lee Marks, Senior Analyst, ACHP, Office of Native American Affairs

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
AB 52: Best Practices and Tribal Experiences
Buffy McQuillen, THPO, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Laura Miranda, Esq., Pechanga Band of Indians
Laverne Bill, THPO, Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
Patricia Garcia, Director of Historic Preservation, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Anna Starkey, Cultural Regulatory Specialist, United Auburn Indian Community

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Caltrans Section 106 PA and PRC 5024 MOU Renewal
David Price, Office Chief (Acting), Cultural Studies Office, Caltrans
Sarah Allred, Native American Cultural Studies Branch Chief, Caltrans
Shawn Oliver, Environmental Specialist, Federal Highways Administration

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Native American Heritage Commission
Raymond Hitchcock, Executive Secretary

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Opening and summary of Day One

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Protecting Tribal Knowledge
Andrew Martinez, Research Specialist, Native Nations Institute
Frank Lake, Research Ecologist/PSW Tribal Liaison, US Forest Service
Alex Watts-Tobin, THPO, Karuk Tribe
Shasta Gaughen, THPO, Pala Band of Mission Indians

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Society for California Archaeology Listening Session
Brendon Greenaway, SCA President

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Repatriation Panel
Melodi McAdams, Tribal Heritage Manager, United Auburn Indian Community
Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program
Mario Pallari, Attorney, NAHC
Glenys Echavarri, UC Systemwide Repatriation Coordinator
Adriane Tafoya, CSU CalNAGPRA Project Manager
Leslie L. Hartzell, Department Tribal Liaison & NAGPRA Coordinator, CA State Parks
Dawn Rewolinski, Office of Tribal Relations, CSU Chico, Cultural Artifacts Specialist
Courtney Ann Coyle, Attorney at Law, Outside Counsel, UAIC

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Tribal Beneficial Water Uses
Adriana Renteria, Director/Tribal Liaison, Office of Public Participation, State Water Resources Control Board
Jody Ebsen, Engineering Geologist, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
Sherri Norris, Executive Director, California Indian Environmental Alliance

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
California 5th Climate Assessment
Patricia Kennedy, Tribal Research Manager, Fifth Climate Change Assessment, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Geneva E. B. Thompson, Deputy Secretary for Tribal Affairs, California Natural Resources Agency

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner and Cultural Night – Pala Casino Events Center

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closed Meeting

Pala Environmental Department – Shasta Gaughen

For more information contact the Pala Environment Department:
760-891-3515 | |

Pala Band California PED Environment CalTHPO Summit Protecting Tribal Knowledge