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

2017 Eagle Rule Change Consultation Letter

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

Sept. 21, 2015 - Reopening of Comment Period on draft Native American Policy

2013 Tribal Consultation Guide

2018 Tribal Consultation Handbook

2016 Tribal Wildlife Grant Application Kit


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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  December 3, 2019 Tribal Coordination Meeting

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
Butterfly Basket Presentation
Wind Energy and Condors Presentation
Sonoran Pronghorn Reintroduction
Burrowing Owl Research 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

March 26 and 28, 2018 Tribal Coordination Meetings

Sign in sheet March 26
Sign in sheet March 28
PowerPoint March 26
PowerPoint March 28 (including March 28 agenda)
March 26 agenda
R8 Northern Tribal Coordination PowerPoint
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge PowerPoint March 28
USFWS Draft Native American Policy 2018



Sept. 28 and 29, 2017 Tribal Coordination Meetings

Sept. 29 San Diego Meeting at Barona Reservation

Sign in sheet
Golden eagle rule presentation
Burrowing owl study
Climate change poster
Partners for fish and wildlife
Other meeting presentations

Sept. 28 Palm Springs meeting at Fantasy Springs Resort

Sign in sheet
Powerpoint of all presentations
Partners for fish and wildlife
Golden eagle letter



Sept. 28 and 29, 2016 Tribal Coordination Meetings

Sign in sheet
Vernal Pool Presentation
Listing Updates
Presentation on TWG, HCP, and CC
Wrap Up

Palm Springs Meeting
Sign in sheet
Presentations (5.3MB)

April 6, and April 20, 2016 Tribal Coordination

Agenda for April 6, 2016 Meeting
Sign in sheet
Revised NAP News Release
Revised NAP
Feral Pig Removal Program
Shot Hole Borer
TWG flyer
Regs Update
Interagency Policy State Role
CFWO Listing Table
SBFS 12 Month Finding News Release
Recovery Program Update

Agenda for April 20, 2016 Meeting
Sign in sheet
Shot Hole Borer
PSFWO Update
Tribal Liaison Role

Sept. 29, 2015 Tribal Coordination Meeting

Agenda for Sept. 29, 2015 Meeting
Tribal signin_sheet_Sept_2015
Invitation Letter Sept 2015 Meeting
CFWO Listing Summary Sept 2015
CFWO Listing Updates Handout Sept 2015
90 Day Findings Handout Sept 2015
CFWO Recovery Plans Work Shedule Sept 2015
CFWO HCP Updates Sept 2015
Recent and Proposed ESA Changes Sept 2015
NAP, EAGLES, MBP IT, ESA regs Sept 2015
Tribal Wildlife Grants_flyer Sept 2015
TWG presentation Sept 2015

June 11, 2015 Tribal Coordination Meeting

Sign In Sheet June 11, 2015
Invitation Letter for June 2015 Meeting
Agenda for June 11, 2015 Coordination Meeting
CFWO Listing Summary
CFWO Listing Table
CFWO Recovery Work Plans Schedule
ESA Regulations Update (11.1MB)
Summary of Draft Upper Santa Ana River Wash HCP
Tribal Coordination and DRECP
Letter to Tribes on MBTA (12.1MB)
Notice of Intent Migratory Bird Permits

Incidental Take and MBTA Presentation

Approaches for Authorizing Incidental Take (4.1MB)
Benefits and Interactions - Migratory Birds (2.1MB)
Mitigation and Compensation - Migratory Birds (1.9MB)
Tribal Earth Day Gatherings (6.4MB)

February 12, 2015 Tribal Coordination Meeting

CFWO Listing/Recovery Table

Listing Updates of Interest

Recovery Plans Work Schedule

DRECP Preferred Alternative
DRECP Overview Map
Eagle Parts and Feathers

Non Eagle Feather Requests

Non Eagle Feather Request Q&A
Take Application Status
Feral Pig Update/San Diego County

Shot hole borer

Proposed Revised Rules to Improve Implementation of the Endangered Species Act





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