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Native American Tribes and the Delta

California Native American Tribes and tribal communities have sovereign authority over their members and territory, and a unique relationship with the Delta and California's resources. All California tribes and tribal communities, whether federally recognized or not, have distinct cultural, spiritual, environmental, economic and public health interests and unique traditional cultural knowledge about California resources.


Meanwhile, the mission of the Delta Stewardship Council, as outlined in the Delta Reform Act of 2009, is to further the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta through the development, adoption, and implementation of a Delta Plan.


On September 19, 2011, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued Executive Order B-10-11, which provides, among other things, that it is the policy of the administration that every state agency subject to executive control will implement effective government-to­-government consultation with California Indian tribes.


The purpose of this webpage is to outline the ongoing government-to-government interaction between the Delta Stewardship Council and Indian tribes and tribal communities, and to provide meaningful input into the development of regulations, rules, policies, programs, projects, plans, property decisions and activities that may affect tribal communities.


Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.'s Executive Order B-10-11

Executive Order B-10-11


Council's Tribal Consultation Policy

Delta Stewardship Council Tribal Consultation Policy


Native American Indian Tribes with Direct Connection to the Delta

(as determined by the California Native American Heritage Commission - a State Agency)
Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk
California Valley Miwok Tribe
Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians
North Valley Yokuts Tribe
The Ohlone Indian Tribe
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians at Shingle Springs Reservation
United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria
Wilton Rancheria
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation


Native American Indian Tribes with Connection to the Delta Watershed

(as determined by the California Native American Heritage Commission - a State Agency)
Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California
Ione Band of Miwok Indians
Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians
Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria


Native American Indian Tribes with Delta Coastal Connections

(as determined by the California Native American Heritage Commission - a State Agency)
Amah Mutsun
Esselen Nation

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)