Tribal Coordination

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​Tribal Coordination and Collaboration

The purpose of the Office of Tribal Coordination is to improve and maintain communication and collaboration between California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and all Native American Tribes in California. This office aims to create effective collaboration and informed decision-making where all parties share a goal of reaching a decision together. Our office priorities are to educate internal and external partners to become informed about the cultural settings of California Native Americans, their emergency management and homeland security issues and cultural sensitivities, for the purpose of improving Cal OES’s understanding of all Native American Tribes in California.

On September 19, 2011, the Governor issued Executive Order B-10-11, to implement effective government to government consultation with California Indian Tribes on policies that affect tribal communities. In May 2015, Cal OES released the Cal OES Tribal Consultation Policy​.​



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The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Office of Tribal Coordination, would like to cordially invite you to participate in the upcoming training, Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning, at Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Banning, CA.

The purpose of this 16 hour course is to provide the participants who are responsible for providing emergency planning and response with the information necessary to utilize disability and access and functional needs-inclusive practices, as well as the additional updated skills and knowledge they will need to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

The targeted audience for this course should be Tribal emergency managers and planners, first responders, including law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency medical services, resource agencies including transportation, communications, public works, and public health, other government organizations and no-government organizations (NGOs) who have, as a primary part of their mission, emergency planning, response, and/or recovery, planners and managers of mass transit, para-transit, rural transit, and NGO and private transit operators (taxi, shuttle services, non-emergency medical, etc.) evacuation planners, transportation planners and civic planners, emergency management consultants.

Follow this link to the Registration forms. See the Integrating Access and Functional Needs Into Emergency Planning fly​er​, and should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Tribal Coordination.​

​OES Tribal Consultation Session Information

Cal OES provides records, including meeting notes, agenda items, and audio recordings of recent Tribal Consultation sessions.




​​Office of Tribal Coordination

Tribal Advisor

Denise M. Shemenski

(916) 845-8163 Office

(916) 616-8499 Cell

Tribal/Legislative Coordination Manager

​Lori Nezhura

(916) 845-8636 Office


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