U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
California

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California Indian Basketweavers Association

The public lands belong to all Americans, but making sure the "First Americans" have access to those lands for the purpose of maintaining their traditional cultural uses is one of BLM's most important tasks.

An Indian basketmaker shows some of her handiwork

The strong partnership developed among BLM, the California Indians Basketweavers Association (CIBA) and U.S. Forest Service has helped make this task easier on public lands in California.

CIBA's goal is to preserve traditional basketry as a connection to California Indians' rich cultural past and to enable tribes to carry on this tradition into the future. BLM's goal is to provide CIBA and its members with access to the public lands for traditional gathering of important plant resources that are critical to the basketry production.

Baskets and natural basket-making materials

This partnership has been strengthened by the completion of the Interagency Traditional Gathering Policy near the end of 2006 that is now being implemented throughout the state. Part of this effort, done in cooperation with the California Indian Forest and Fire Management Council (CIFFMC), included listening sessions with tribes, held throughout the the state which helped to education the agencies and the general public on the importance of maintaining these traditions and cultural values.

To see the policy and learn more about this special BLM partner, see CIBA's website at www.ciba.org.

Below: Signing ceremony for the Traditional Gathering Policy brought together, from left to right: CIBA Executive Director Shannon Brawley; CIBA chairperson Lucy Parker; CIFFMC Executive Director Merv George, Jr.; Diania Caudell of CIBA; Regional Forester Bernie Weingardt; CIBA Vice Chairperson Renee Stauffer; CIBA Board Member Marselle Barrows; BLM State Director Mike Pool and CIBA board member Julie Holder.
From left to right: CIBA Executive Director Shannon Brawley; CIBA chairperson Lucy Parker; CIFFMC Executive Director Merv George, Jr.; Diania Caudell of CIBA; Regional Forester Bernie Weingardt; CIBA Vice Chairperson Renee Stauffer; CIBA Board Member Marselle Barrows; BLM State Director Mike Pool and CIBA board member Julie Holder

BLM California News.bytes, issue 272