Tribal Land Transfer Policy
The Tribal Land Transfer Policy allows for the transfer of land from investor-owned utilities to Native American tribes with a historical interest in the land. When a utility begins the process of disposing of land, the policy creates an expectation that the utility will work with the California Native American Heritage Commission to identify any tribes whose ancestral territory the land is on or adjacent to this particular land. Once the utility identifies any interested tribe or tribes, the company is expected to negotiate a transfer to the tribe before putting the land on the market. This policy, which the CPUC developed after comment from utilities and tribes, furthers the CPUC's goals of recognizing and respecting native sovereignty, and of returning tribal lands to their rightful owners.
Tribal Land Transfer Policy
- Final Tribal Land Transfer Policy - adopted at the December 5, 2019 CPUC voting meeting (webcast of the meeting)
- Comments Received on Proposed Tribal Land Transfer Policy
- Draft Tribal Land Transfer Policy - presented publicly on May 29, 2019 at the Committee meeting
- Comments Received on Proposed Tribal Land Transfer Policy Implementation Guidelines
- Fact Sheet on Tribal Land Transfer Policy
- Final E-5076 Resolution issued January 20, 2021 - Guidelines to Implement the CPUC Tribal Land Policy
- Revised Draft Resolution to Adopt Guidelines to Implement the CPUC Tribal Land Policy, Issued For Comment December 11, 2020
- Draft Resolution to Adopt Guidelines to Implement the CPUC Tribal Land Policy, Issued for Comment July and September 2020
- Comments to Draft Resolution E-5076, received by October 2020
- Draft Resolution E-5076, September 1, 2020
- Draft Resolution E-5076 Comment Letter, September 1, 2020
- Service List E-5076, September 1, 2020 (excel file)
- Draft Resolution E-5076, July 31, 2020
- Draft Resolution E-5076 Comment Letter, July 31, 2020
Tribal Land Transfer Policy Workshops
- April 14, 2021
- September 16, 2019 - Black Oak Casino Hotel Conference, 19400 Tuolumne Rd. N., Tuolumne, CA 95379
- September 30, 2019 - Sapphire Palace Event Center at Blue Lake Rancheria, 428 Chartin Road, Blue Lake, CA 95525
- October 11, 2019 - Pechanga Resort Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkwayin, Temecula, CA 92592
Tribal Land Transfer Policy Guidelines Workshop
- March 24, 2020 - online via WebEx or conference callF
Kenneth Holbrook, Tribal Advisor
Appointed as CPUC Tribal Advisor in 2020, Kenneth Holbrook is a member of the Atsugewi Band of the Pit River Tribe, as well as the Maidu Tribe. He has served Tribal communities for the past 24 years during his various roles while working for Tribal governments, Tribal NGOs, and their partners and representatives. Kenneth holds a Bachelor’s degree in American & African History from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Stephanie Green, Tribal Liaison
Office (415) 703-5245 / Cell (415) 265-9757
Hector Garcia, Local Government Liaison
Karen Eckersley, Tribal Communications Services Liaison
For use by Tribes, and official Tribal representatives who wish to engage in a formal government-to-government Tribal Consultation with the CPUC, to simultaneously contact the CPUC Office of the Commission, the CPUC Executive Director, the CPUC Legal Division, the CPUC Tribal Advisor, and the Director of Government Affairs.
For use by Tribes, Tribal representatives, Tribal organizations and advocates, and individual Tribal People (whether a citizen of a Federally Recognized Tribe, or otherwise,) to simultaneously contact the CPUC Tribal Advisor (Kenneth Holbrook), the CPUC Tribal Liaison (Stephanie Green), and our Tribal Business & Community Officer (Hector Garcia) for general inquiries and information requests.