Natural Resources Department
Mission Statement: To assess, protect, and enhance the Tribal and environmental resources (culture, language,land, air, water) on the ancestral homelands of the tribes and bands of SIR in order maintain a healthy community and to manage for multiple land uses.
745 Joaquin Street
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 251-5635 (fax)
General Program Activities
- Resource Inventory and Planning
- Community Outreach and Education
- Tribal Youth Conservation Crew
(TYCC) – Provide a tribal summer program for youth to receive training
in natural resource protection and management.
- Environmental Outreach – Provide tribal
education programs on solid waste management, pollution prevention, noxious
weed control, and environmental law.
- Cultural Resource Outreach and
Education – provide tribal, local and regional programs to educate the
public on cultural resource protection and Traditional Ecological
- Grant Administration
- Administer over 20 Federal grants
for the SIR totaling more than $1,000,000 annually.
- Apply for new funding to develop Tribal
environmental, cultural, and educational programs.
Consultation and Collaboration
- Maintain relationships and participate in consultation
with local, state, federal, and tribal agencies on natural and cultural resource
- Develop Tribal environmental laws,
codes and ordinances.
Forestry and Wildland Fire
Remove hazardous fuels from tribal lands for resource protection.
Clear trails in wilderness areas on National Forest lands.
Participate in regional efforts to fight wildland fires on Federal lands.
Language Revitalization Program
Preserve and actively revitalize the four native languages associated with the SIR
including the Maidu, Paiute, Pit River and Washoe languages.
Record and distribute lullabies and traditional songs recorded in the four languages.
Teach curriculum and language classes in the Mountain Maidu language.
Preservation Office (THPO)
Protect, conserve and preserve cultural resources on ancestral homelands of the SIR.
Inventory and protect cultural resources on tribal lands.
Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 106: Water Pollution Control Program
Monitor surface and ground water quality on tribal lands.
Develop restoration and enhancement plans for water sources, springs and streams.
Clean Water Act (CWA)
Section 319: Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program
Inventory and monitor nonpoint source pollution issues on tribal lands.
Develop and implement a Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan.
Safe Drinking Water Act
Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Develop and implement a solid waste
- Develop and implement recycling and
- Research methods to reduce and
remove solid and hazardous waste generated on tribal lands.
- Provide means for removal of
household hazardous waste and abandoned vehicles.
- Link to Solid Waste
Integrated Pest Management
the effects of various treatment techniques and integration of techniques on
the control of pest and noxious weed infestations.
to IPM Plan
to Invasive Species Management Methods Evaluation 2004
a Pest Problem
Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Develop and review environmental
documents developed to meet NEPA, California Environmental Quality Act
(CEQA), and environmental law requirements for proposed projects on tribal
- Review environmental documents of
Federal, State, County, and City agencies for projects located within the
ancestral homelands of the tribes and bands of the SIR.
Treat the earth well!
It was not given to you by your parents; it
was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the earth from our
ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
-Ancient Indian Proverb
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