District 1 Native American Liaison

There are more than 50 Federally recognized tribal governments within the North Region (Districts 1, 2, and 3) and Caltrans has many transportation projects within reservations and tribal ancestral areas. This page has been developed to facilitate communication and exchange of information about these projects. Additionally, questions about projects, Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO), Government-to-Government Memorandums of Understanding (MOU's), and other topics can be directed to our Native American Liaison:

Sara Atchley Thomas
P.O. Box 3700
Eureka, CA 95502-3700
Telephone: (707) 441-5815, TTY 711

"Following the Smoke"

Caltrans is a co-sponsor of the U.S.F.S. Passport in Time project "Following the Smoke" which supports Native Basketweavers. The "Following the Smoke" project on the Six River Nation Forest brings volunteers together with traditional Indian Basketweavers to learn about collecting and processing materials. Volunteers learn the role of agencies in protecting traditional places and materials. Partners in this project are the United States Forest Service, Karuk Indigenous Basketweavers, Karuk Tribe of California, State Office of Bureau of Land Management, and Northern California Indian Development Council.