TCRC was created to help manage, protect, and preserve cultural and natural resources that are still present within California’s tribal territories. The California State Legislature has created multiple bills (Senate Bill18/Assembly Bill 52) designed to protect and preserve Native American graves and Tribal Cultural Resources that are being unearthed in today’s development projects. Historically, development projects in California proceeded without any preliminary consultation with local Tribe’s regarding their knowledge of their own Tribal Resources until artifacts or human remains had been inadvertently discovered. This process mostly resulted in the destruction of the Tribe’s ancestral gravesites and the loss of their last remaining irreplaceable cultural artifacts. The latest California laws, most notably AB52, coupled with recently developed guidance for CEQA reviews, makes it mandatory for projects to communicate and consult with Tribal Governments prior to their project initiation. This new process is designed to gather Tribal knowledge for the protection and preservation of gravesites and/or Tribal Cultural Resources that may be present on a project site. Since most Tribal Cultural Resources mirror the same resources protected and preserved by professional environmental disciplines of Archaeology and Biology, our Tribal Government has created a for-profit Native American Owned and Operated Minority Small Business from its membership and partnerships with experienced and respected environmental professionals. This business focuses on creating a one stop-shop consultation location to provide professional environmental services for projects that may impact natural and/or cultural resources on a project site. We are designed to help facilitate seamless interactions between project proponents and Tribal Governments. Our avant-garde environmental consulting firm contains unique capabilities that will provide clients with a connection to our Tribe’s ancient ancestral wisdom in combination with today’s scientific knowledge to help facilitate a productive and beneficial outcome for both the project and our future generations.
Tribal Cultural Resource Consulting (TCRC) is a certified Minority Business Enterprise that provides professional environmental project compliance support in the disciplines of Archaeology, Biology, and Paleontology, as well as providing Native American monitoring support, Tribal history, and Tribal consultation support through our Tribal Government, all within one house. We have established partnerships and strong relationships with local environmental professionals that are considered experts in their respective fields. Our unique environmental services combine our elder’s traditional oral wisdom with today’s scientific knowledge to provide a sound and practical foundation to handle any array of land stewardship projects. Our Tribe, the Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians - Kizh Nation (pronounced Keech), ancestry dates back to over 10,000 years of inhabitance within the greater Los Angeles basin. Our Tribe was first entered into the written California historical records during the Spanish Mission Era, continued through the Mexican era, and still exists today in the American era. Our ancestral Tribal territory extended from Malibu Creek in Los Angeles County down to Aliso Creek in Orange County and extended westerly into the ocean out to the Channel Islands of Catalina (Pimugna), San Nicolas (Haraasnga), and San Clemente (Kiinkenga). Our northern border was the San Gabriel Mountains (Hidakupa) and eastwardly our territory extended to parts of San Bernardino (Waatsngna) and Riverside counties. We are the direct lineal descendants of those Gabrieleño-Kizh grandfathers and grandmothers whom early historians and anthropologists like A.L. Kroeber, J.P. Harrington, C. Hart Merriam as well as contemporary anthropologists such as Dr. Lowell Bean and Dr. John Johnson have studied and recorded for their integral work on California Mission Indians.