Tribal Relations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulates air pollution. Actions to implement the Clean Air Act, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, and related laws have achieved dramatic reductions in air pollution, preventing hundreds of thousands of cases of serious health effects each year. Despite the dramatic progress to date, air pollution and climate change continue to threaten human health and welfare.

Tribal communities are the original inhabitants of California and have a unique relationship to the land and natural resources. Tribes communicate with local, state, and federal governments to address issues concerning tribal self-governance and tribal resources. Each tribe is distinctly different in its geography, culture, history, governance structure, and language. CARB is committed to improving communications and working relationships with tribes.

CARB designed and updates this page to include resources, compiled from all of its programs that may of interest to tribes. This website does not contain all information on CARB’s programs. Below are a few select topic areas that may be of interest to tribes:

Email Updates

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Overview of CARB Programs

This PowerPoint provides an overview of the agency, air pollution trends, climate change, and several programs that may be of interest to tribes. It was presented at the December 17, 2018 Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, containing programs that were of interest to the TAC. It is not an exhaustive list of every CARB program. For more information, please visit CARB's website.

Tribal Consultation Policy

CARB released its draft Tribal Consultation Policy in 2018 to guide CARB in its daily operations to work with tribes in a knowledgeable, sensitive, and respectful manner. The Tribal Consultation Policy details how CARB will continue to work to improve and strengthen its relationships with tribal governments and communities.

Tribal Consultation Policy

Shannon Martin Dilley
Attorney and Tribal Liaison
California Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, 107B, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-3940

Local Air Districts

Tribes may interact with California's 35 local air districts, which are responsible for promulgating rules and regulations for stationary sources in the local areas. CARB interacts with air districts through support and oversight. The below links provide information on district rules, district maps, a directory of key personnel at each district, and the District Rules Log Database showing district rulemaking activity:

Air District Directory

Air District Maps 

Laws and Regulations

Funding Opportunities

The programs listed below have hundreds of millions of dollars available over the next several years to reduce air pollution across the State. Tribes may apply for funds from these programs to reduce air pollution on tribal lands. While CARB oversees these funding programs overall, some of these programs (such as the Carl Moyer Program) are implemented in partnership with local air districts.

Grants, Incentives, and Credit Programs

Supplemental Environmental Projects

AB 617 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

Volkswagen Settlement

Cap-and-Trade Compliance Offset Program and Tribes

CARB’s Cap-and-Trade Regulation is a set of rules that establishes a limit on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the state’s biggest sources of GHGs. Tribes can voluntarily participate in the Cap-and-Trade program to generate offset credits, which can then be sold on the market.  Tribes participate in Cap-and-Trade through the Compliance Offset Program by submitting a forest offset project.  Because of their unique status as sovereign nations, to participate in the program, tribes must include a limited waiver of sovereign immunity that is legally binding under the tribe’s laws before any offset project located on tribal land can be listed.  More information can be found at:   

Cap-and-Trade Program  

Compliance Offset Program

Compliance Offset Protocol for U.S. Forest Projects

Tribal Projects


The information provided on this website is intended to provide tribes with information and does not create a contractual relationship or obligation, does not contain legal advice, and does not modify the terms of any law. CARB reserves the right to revise the website at any time.

Page last updated: September 21, 2018.