The State requires lead agencies, often cities and counties, to consult with local tribes on development projects to understand whether a project could impact tribal cultural resources (TCRs). A TCR is defined as sites, features, places, cultural landscapes (must be geographically defined in terms of size and scope), sacred places, and objects with cultural value to a California Native American tribe. TCRs may differ from what the scientific or archaeological communities define as cultural resources.

Early and ongoing dialogue between tribes and lead agencies is central to successful tribal consultation efforts, and it is beneficial to build trust and relationships with tribes that may be interested in projects in and around Hollister. As trust is built, tribe members may feel more comfortable disclosing the location and nature of TCRs. As required by AB 52, the City must consult with the local tribes when a potential planning or development project is initiated to understand what Native Americans consider important and why; and to determine mutually acceptable mitigation measures, if needed. Not all tribes hold the same beliefs, so the City won’t know what a tribe values until it establishes a relationship with them. Through the General Plan Update outreach process, GPAC members and meeting participants expressed support for strengthened tribal coordination policies in the General Plan Update.

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* 1. Which of the following tribal coordination policies and actions should be included in the General Plan? (Choose one or more.)

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