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Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Policy Advisor, California Department of Water Resources

Presenting: Back to Our Roots: Watershed Management and Traditional Knowledge

Anecita Agustinez will share her knowledge about the traditional use of the lower American River watershed by the Maidu and Miwok Tribes during the panel discussion on Sensitive Communities.

Anecita serves as the Tribal Policy Advisor for the Department of Water Resources. In this role she coordinates communication and outreach with State and federal agencies and facilitates government-to-government consultation between the Department of Water Resources and California’s Native American Tribal Governments. Before joining the Department, she served as the Native American Liaison, and Manager of the Office of Legislative and External Affairs at the Department of Health Care Services. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

Her experience includes developing and conducting training in the areas of tribal consultation, cultural competency, environmental justice, social justice issues, and legislative advocacy on behalf of California’s Tribal Governments.

Anecita is co-executive producer for On Native Ground, a nationally recognized and award-winning media company and Tribal non-profit corporation. On Native Ground promotes understanding of significant environmental justice issues through youth mentorship projects, documentaries, feature films, original television programming and theatrical productions.

Anecita attended Stanford University and she is an enrolled citizen of the Dine (Navajo) Nation.

She is born to the Tó dích’íinii (Bitter Water Clan) and born for the Ilocano Clan.