Tribal Council of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria Announces Award of Grant Funding from Department of Water Resources to Conserve Precious Water Resources on Tribal Lands

Chairman Garth Sundberg, on behalf of the Tribal Council of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, announced that the Tribe has been awarded grant funding from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for the Tribe’s Drought Relief Water System and Treatment Facility Project.

“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this DWR grant funding,” said Chairman Sundberg. “Protection of natural resources – especially our water resources – has always been a focus for our Tribe and a way of life for all Native communities. This grant helps us ensure we can conserve our beautiful lands and waters and the plants and animals that depend on water.”

DWR grant funding will provide immediate and near-term financial support for construction of a raw water distribution system and treatment facility for six existing groundwater wells and one creek water source, all of which is needed to help the Tribe survive current and future drought conditions.

“We at the Rancheria have demonstrated our capacity to deliver and manage effective programs, including education, health, housing, transportation and social services. We are extremely well equipped to manage these DWR grant funds and implement the plans we submitted,” said Jacque HostlerCarmesin, Chief Executive Officer for the Tribe.

“I am very proud of all that our Tribe has achieved,” said Robert Hemsted, Vice Chair of the Tribal Council. “We have grown from a handful of staff to a mature organization with more than 25 permanent employees and an annual operating budget exceeding $17 million. I am confident that our stellar team at the Tribe will do an outstanding job on this grant-funded water project, consistent with our commitment to excellence throughout the work on our lands.”

The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria is a Federally Recognized Tribe located near the town of Trinidad, California, organized in 1961 under the Articles of Association. In June of 2008, the Tribe approved a Constitution which supersedes the Articles of Association and its amendments. The Trinidad Rancheria is governed by the Community Council, from which is elected a Tribal Council—a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary-Treasurer and two Members-at-Large.


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