Carlsbad Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region  

Working With Tribes


Map of Tribal Lands Within the Boundaries of Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office (1MB)

The federal government has a unique and distinctive political relationship with federally recognized Indian tribes. It is defined by treaties, statutes, executive orders, judicial decisions and agreements and differs from relationships with state and local governments or other entities.

It has given rise to a special federal trust responsibility, involving the legal responsibilities and obligations of the United States toward Indian tribes and the application of fiduciary standards of due care with respect to Indian lands, tribal trust resources and the exercise of tribal rights.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as a bureau of the Department of the Interior, has a mandated obligation to ensure that the federal Indian trust responsibility is fulfilled.


Helpful Documents

2016 Final Revised Native American Policy

1994 Native American Policy (pdf 1.8 MB)

Secretarial Order 3206 (1.6 MB) — American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the Endangered Species Act

Questions and Answers regarding Secretarial Order 3206

2013 Tribal Consultation Guide

2018 Tribal Consultation Handbook



Torres Martinez wetlands restoration project
Torres Martinez wetlands restoration at the Salton Sea
Photo Credit: USFWS


We routinely coordinate with the following Tribes:

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians
Barona Band of Mission Indians
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians
Campo Band of Mission Indians
Capitan Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California (Barona Group of the Capitan Grande of the Barona Reservation
Capitan Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California: Viejas (Baron Long) Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation
Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation
Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation
Death Valley Timbi-sha Shoshone Tribe
Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of Arizona, California, and Nevada
Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
Inaja-Cosmit Band of Mission Indians
Jamul Indian Village
La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation
Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians
Manzanita Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pauma & Yuima Reservation
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation
Ramona Band of Cahuilla
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

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November 4, 2021 Virtual Tribal Coordination Meeting

2021 Fall Tribal Coordination Meeting presentation

Topics Request and Questions

North American Bat Monitoring Program presentation

North County MSCP presentation

Recent and Upcoming Listing & Recovery Actions presentation

Reestablishment of Sonoran Peninsular Pronghorn presentation

Section 7 & Section 10 presentation

Section 106 Consultation presentation

SDG&E HCP Amendment presentation


April 8, 2021 Virtual Tribal Coordination Meeting

Meeting Agenda
Interior Region 10 Native American Liaison Introduction
Tribal Coordinator Roles and Species Information Resources
Listing and Recovery Updates Spring 2021
Native American Policy 2016
Tribal Wildlife Grants 2021
White Nose Syndrone Grants
Carlsbad Office 2020 Highlights
Meeting Sign in sheet

December 3, 2019 Tribal Coordination Meeting

Sign in sheet
Joshua Tree Presentation
Casey's June Beetle Presentation
Desert Tortoise Recovery Efforts Presentation
The Living Desert Conservation Efforts Presentation
Dell Computer Info and Administrative Updates
Listing and Recovery Updates

November 2019 Tribal Coordination Meeting

Sign in Sheet
Peninsular Pronghorn Presentation
Dell Computer Info - E6410
Dell Computer Info - E6530
Tribal Meeting Powerpoint

May 2019 Tribal Coordination Meetings

May 1, 2019 - Palm Springs

Palm Springs Sign in sheet
Sonoran Pronghorn Reintroduction
Burrowing Owl Research Update
Butterfly Baskets Presentation
Wind Energy and Condors Presentation
Listing and Recovery Update

May 2, 2019 - Carlsbad

Carlsbad Sign in sheet
Compilation of Presentations

Sept. 27, 2018 Tribal Coordination Meeting

Sign in sheet Sept. 27
Agenda and Powerpoint Presentation Sept. 27
Pechanga Vernal Pool Presentation
NRCS handout - Agriculture on Tribal Lands
IPac - Creating a Species List




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