OTA Communications – The OTA will utilize technology to communicate regularly and broadly with California Tribes, tribal organizations, tribal stakeholders, advocates and interested parties to keep our CDSS partners current and informed on topics that could impact Indians and tribal communities in California. The types of methods are below:
Email Noticing: Implementing tribal input, official notices will be sent via email to the Tribal Chairpersons and their explicitly delegated designees. The OTA will maintain a list of Tribal Chairperson emails for purposes of noticing and keep this information confidential. Tribal Chairpersons will only receive high level notices like invitations to tribal consultation, policy/guidance documents for review that directly impact tribes and important OTA communications unless requested to be added to the broader stakeholder list. If the OTA does not have a current email address for Tribal Chairpersons, tribal consultation invitations will be sent via postal mail and all other documents will be posted to the website.
Tribal Affairs Page on the CDSS Website: The Tribal Affairs page will serve as a gateway into information concerning the CDSS Tribal Consultation Policy, the Tribal Engagement Strategy and CDSS programs and policies impacting Indians and Tribes. It will host OTA bulletins, newsletters and annual reports, as well as training materials such as webinars on programs, laws and policies impacting Indians and Tribes in California. The website update will begin January 2019.
Bulletin: This publication will serve as a digest of information about topics like meetings dates, ACL Review, webinar opportunities, partner stories of interest and other important alerts from CDSS. This document will be high level and brief but contain pertinent information. This method may also be used to disseminate surveys to gather feedback and inputs. The Bulletin will come out as needed and sometimes multiple times a month.
Newsletter: Quarterly, the OTA will seek to develop a newsletter highlighting hot button topics and other important stories. The intent is to familiarize the audience with the work at the Department and highlight opportunities for tribal engagement.