Creating a Tribal Nation Liaison

DATE: October 10, 2000
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT:Creating a Tribal Nation Liaison

SUMMARY:
There are 17 Tribal Nations in San Diego County, each with independent governments. Decisions made and actions taken by the County may affect each Tribe. Likewise, decisions made and actions taken by the Tribes may affect the County. While on-reservation activity may create off-reservation benefits, it may also create adverse impacts. There are several overlapping jurisdictional interests between the Tribes and the County of San Diego. Some of these include regional planning, infrastructure, emergency services, health care and public safety. It is important that the County communicate with each Tribe, as well as recognize the unique relationship it shares with its neighbors, the Tribal Nations. A Tribal Nation Liaison position will further communication with this government-to-government relationship between each of San Diego County's 17 Tribes.

Recommendations:
CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB
1) Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to create the position of a Tribal Nation Liaison that will strengthen the County's government-to-government relationship with San Diego County's 17 independent Tribal Nations.

2) Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to identify the necessary funding for the position of a Tribal Nation Liaison in the Fiscal Year 2000-2001 budget.

3) Appoint Chairwoman Jacob and Supervisor Horn to a government-to- government ad hoc subcommittee to work with San Diego County's 17 Tribal nations to develop procedures and protocol for addressing issues of mutual interest.

4) Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to draft a letter to SANDAG, for the Chair's signature, requesting that the SANDAG Board of Directors add a position to their Board allowing the County's Indian nations to be represented.

Fiscal Impact:
Funding for the creation of a Tribal Nation Liaison is referred to the 2000-2001 budget process. The other actions will result in no cost to the County.

Background:
There are 17 Tribal Nations and 18 Reservations covering over 125,000 acres throughout San Diego County.

Decisions made and actions taken by the County may affect each Tribe. Likewise, decisions made and actions taken by the Tribes may affect the County. While on-reservation activity may create off-reservation benefits, it may also create adverse impacts. There are several overlapping jurisdictional interests between the Tribes and the County of San Diego. Some of these include regional planning, infrastructure, emergency services, health care and public safety. It is important that the County communicate with each Tribe, as well as recognize the unique relationship it shares with its neighbors, the Tribal Nations. A Tribal Nation Liaison position will further communication and enhance the spirit of cooperation between each of San Diego County's 17 Tribes and the County.

Through increased communication, the County will receive helpful information regarding Tribal activities and other developments. The creation of a liaison will also provide one point of contact for the Tribal Nations to inquire about County activities, request information and will work to better communicate the structure and workings of County government with each Tribe.

Further, the Tribal Liaison will allow for a proactive approach to working with the Tribes to find solutions for overlapping jurisdictional interests. The position may also coordinate efforts between the County and Tribes to work toward solutions at the State and Federal level, such as working to bring Tribal related money from the State and Federal government back to the San Diego region.

I urge your support.

Respectfully Submitted,

DIANNE JACOB
Chairwoman