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THPO/SHPO Summits

Hosted by California tribes, THPO/SHPO summits provide an opportunity to discuss a variety of topics and issues related to tribal historic preservation concerns. Summits typically occur once per year, though not necessarily on an annual basis. Attendees include tribal members, tribal historic preservation officers (THPOs), federal, state, and local agency representatives, and the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and staff from the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP). The OHP is pleased to participate in these summits as part of our partnership with California’s tribal communities, and in fulfillment of goals outlined in Sustainable Preservation: California's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2013-2017.

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2015 THPO/SHPO Summit - Shingle Springs

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On December 2-3, 2015, California Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) and the California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) convened a THPO/SHPO Summit in Shingle Springs, El Dorado County. The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians generously hosted more than sixty attendees from throughout the state to discuss issues related to tribal historic preservation concerns. This year the focus was on disaster response and preparedeness with a view to the recent increased intensity of wildfires and other environmental issues related to climate change. Presentations also were given on AB52 and the CEQA process, CHRIS Tribal Access Policy, Canine Forensics, and ACHP Updates, among others. Below are materials from some of the presentations.  

General Materials
2015 Summit Agenda

ACHP Office of Federal Agency Programs Staff Assignments
OHP Section 106 Reviewer Staff Assignments

Opening Remarks
Julianne Polanco, California State HIstoric Preservation Officer; Suntayea Steinruck, CalTHPO; Cynthia Gomez, Governor's Tribal Advisor; Wayne Donaldson, Chairman, ACHP; and Leslie Hartzell, State Parks Tribal Liaison
Presentation: California State Parks Transformation Team (PowerPoint)
Leslie Hartzell, State Parks Tribal Liaison

Presentation Materials

CHRIS Tribal Access Policy
Jenan Saunders, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, and Eric Allison, CHRIS Coordinator
Presentation (PowerPoint)

AB52 and the CEQA Process
Holly Roberson, Land Use Council, Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
OPR-AB52 and CEQA Information (web link)
AB52 Text (PDF)

CalFire's Fire Archaeology Program, Tribal Cultural Resources, and the 2015 Fire Season
Garret Fenenga, Senior State Archaeologist
Handout (PDF)

Disaster Response - Land Managers
James Barnes, Sacramento Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
Presentation (PowerPoint)
Chris Lloyd, Ukiah Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
Presentation (PowerPoint)

Summit Wrap Up
Jenan Saunders, Deputy SHPO, and Suntayea Steinruck, CalTHPO
Presentation: Post-It Note Exercise-Results (PDF)