The California Natural Resources Agency (Resources Agency) is proposing changes to Appendix G of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines to address tribal resources.  Public agencies, project proponents, and third parties rely on the CEQA Guidelines and Appendix G, the sample CEQA Initial Study Checklist, when implementing CEQA.  The proposed CEQA Guidelines changes would implement Assembly Bill 52 (AB 52) (Gatto, 2014), which created a formal process to involve tribes and tribal resources in the CEQA process.  AB 52 established a new CEQA category, Tribal cultural resources, and a process to increase clarity and timelines when tribal resources are affected.  AB 52 defines tribal resources as "sites, features, places, cultural landscapes, sacred places, and objects with cultural value to a California Native American tribe" and are included or eligible for inclusion in the California Register of Historic Resources or included in a local register of historic resources (Public Resources Code § 21074).  The Resources Agency, in consultation with the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), is proposing new CEQA Guidelines Appendix G Checklist questions for public agencies to consider when evaluating potential environmental impacts to tribes or tribal resources.  As reported last month, the Resources Agency and OPR are currently considering additional changes to other portions of the CEQA Guidelines.  Written comments on these tribal resource additions may be submitted until April 4, 2016; for more information, click here.