California Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Waters

WaterTalks offered a dozen training sessions online to help people interested in becoming better Tribal allies. More than 300 people participated, from public agencies, community organizations, consultants and more.  Before taking the training, participants were asked to watch a video called California Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Waters created by Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples.

The Tribal Water Needs Assessment Report for Ventura County

The Needs Assessment Report summarizes data and analysis of tribal input regarding water-related needs and issues.  Input was received through outreach to tribal communities in 2022-2023.

  • View the full Tribal Water Needs Assessment Report for Ventura County: English
  • View the CEQA Consultation Guide for Tribes: English

Indigenous Water Science & Art Research Camp

The Indigenous Water Science & Art Research Camp is a project funded by DACIP for the county of Ventura, lead by Geotribe and Cal State Water Resources Institute, in partnership with Wishtoyo Chumash Village. The program’s goals are to:

  1. Understand Indigenous and Hegemonic STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) principles for solving complex problems.
  2. Engage in community building with indigenous partners in a way that fosters self-determination.
  3. Empower, sense of belonging/building confidence in community and higher education.
  4. Knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in Water conservation & develop a water-based research project in one or more
    STEAM (STEM+art) areas.
  • View the Indigenous Water STEM Presentation for WaterTalks: English
  • View the Wishtoyo Final Report: English

Tribal Allyship Workshops

The Tribal Allyship Trainings and Workshops listed below were held in 2022-23 to help non-tribal communities understand best practices in engaging and working with tribal and indigenous communities. Follow the links to view event materials and recordings.

Tribal Allyship Resources

NAHC Digital Atlas

The Digital Atlas of California Native Americans is a free, online multimedia tool to help students and the public visualize California before, during, and after European occupation, with a focus on the Native American experience, through a collection of map layers and informational pages. – CA Native American Heritage Commission

Local Tribal Governments

A Local Tribal Government “…refers to sovereign tribal bodies with ancestral lands that intersect with the County’s present-day boundaries, primarily representing four tribal affiliations – Tongva, Tataviam, Kizh, and Chumash. (Please note that these tribal affiliations are listed in reverse alphabetical order in alignment with the Countywide Land Acknowledgment and no additional significance is indicated.)”
–  We Are Still Here, LA County Land Acknowledgment


Gabrieleno/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians

Gabrielino/Tongva Nation of the Greater Los Angeles Basin

Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe

Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California Tribal Council


Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians:

San Fernando Band of Mission Indians


Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation


Barbareno/ Ventureno Band of Mission Indians

Chumash Council of Bakersfield

Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation

Northern Chumash Tribal Council

San Luis Obispo County Chumash Council

  • 1030 Ritchie Road, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Tejon Indian Tribe

  • 1731 Hasti-acres Drive, Suite 108, Bakersfield, CA

yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini – Northern Chumash Tribe