RCC Grantee Profile: Southern California Tribal Regional Climate Collaborative


Award Amount: $1,749,910

Region: Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial Counties


  • Pala Band of Mission Indians
  • Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association
  • Prosper Sustainably, LLC
  • Barona Band of Mission Indians
  • Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians
  • Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  • Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
  • Inaja-Cosmit Band of Indians
  • Jamul Indian Village
  • La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians
  • La Posta Band of Mission Indians
  • Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians
  • Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
  • Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  • Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
  • San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
  • Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
  • Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Collaborative Vision

The Southern California Tribal Regional Climate Collaborative (SCT RCC) will rapidly and systematically advance climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience goals of the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) Member Tribes, individually and collectively. The SCT RCC will identify the climate related needs and priorities of each tribe, match their needs and priorities to available funding and other assistance, and provide comprehensive support to secure needed funding and assistance, resulting in a continuous stream of successfully completed tribal climate change plans and projects.

Project Plans

The SCT RCC will produce a continuous flow of actionable tribal climate plans and meaningful climate projects, by carrying out the following activities:

  1. Growing strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  2. Providing extensive and impactful grant writing and climate project training, tools, and resources;
  3. Identifying the climate needs and priorities of SCTCA Tribes and linking them to available funding and other assistance;
  4. Conducting technical assistance to advance the climate activities of SCTCA tribes; and
  5. Establishing a sustained partnership among SCTCA Tribes focused on climate change activities, that can grow, flourish, and change needs and provide benefits across all members.

The collaborative will also seek to advance climate change projects and plans for all California Tribes. Most SCT RCC training, tools, and resources will be made available to all California Tribes.

“This Regional Climate Collaborative Round 1 grant award will provide an essential foundation for Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association Tribes and partners to continuously collaborate and build shared resources to address climate change issues affecting all 25 SCTCA member tribes. Ultimately, the Southern California Tribal Regional Climate Collaborative will generate more climate change resilience, more efficiently, rapidly, and equitably for Native American communities throughout our region.”
Robert Smith, Chairman of Pala Band of Mission Indians, Chairman's of SCTCA

Contact Information

Shasta C. Gaughen, PhD, Environmental Director/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Director, Tribal Climate Health Project Pala Band of Mission Indians