California Bill AB 52 Provides Tribal Areas with Greater Protection

Mark Macarro, Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, lauded the passing of bill AB 52, which was signed into California legislation on September 25, 2014, after nearly two years of discussion and negotiation. Mark Macarro, featured on Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 list at No. 39, is known for his commitment and determination toward improving the well-being of the Indian people in California.

Bill AB 52 aims to do just that, by giving tribes the authority to protest against development projects that negatively impact sacred tribal areas of cultural and historical importance. AB 52 achieves this through improvement of consultative ties with tribes under the California Environmental Quality Act. The legislature was supported by Assembly member Mike Gatto, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the California State Assembly.

Mr. Macarro thanked Assembly member Gatto for his support and leadership. He went on to point out the importance of aligning California’s environmental laws with the conservation and preservation of tribal heritage and sites of historical significance, not only for Indians, but also for future generations of all Californians.

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