Museum/Repository/Archives & Cultural Center
At this time Cultural Resource Management includes research, collecting, cataloging, and maintaining, tribal history, ethnographic materials, photograph collections, archaeological site records and continues to record modern events that effect the Chukchansi People.
In September 2010 the Tribe was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. We have received funding for a study named the Chukchansi Museum/Cultural Center Preliminary Feasdibity Study Project. The project is planned to start Nov 2010.
Cultural Monitoring / Cultural Consulting occurs when there is a planned project that will cause ground disturbance and will have an adverse effect on Native American cultural resources. As mentioned we perform Cultural Monitoring for a variety of agencies including our own Tribal entities.
The Tribe is in the process of working with Madera County on an MOU for future off site cultural monitoring projects.
Since ¾ of the Tribe’s lands are rural and not being used, the Tribe leases its lands for grazing. This is a way for the Tribe to create some revenue from the lands and to control high weeds and fuels.
In 2005 the Tribe was awarded a grant from FEMA to create a Hazardous Mitigation Plan. This is a document required from FEMA that an agency must have developed and approved by FEMA in order to be eligible for federal funds in case of an emergency. Now, five years later the Tribe has updated its Hazardous Mitigation Plan and submitted it to FEMA for approval. The Tribe works with the Casino executive staff in updating the information.
Currently the only Above Ground Storage tanks on the reservation are propane. The proposed gas station will have either above ground or below ground tanks. We will be working closely with this project to ensure the tanks never leak.
Located on Tribal Lands are wetlands. A Wetland is an area of land whose soil is saturated with moisture either permanently or seasonally. They are considered to be the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. On the Rancheria the tribe has protected these wetlands in the form of Resource Protection Areas (RPA). These wetlands are monitored and restored by the Tribe’s Environmental Department and Natural & Cultural Resource Committee.
WASTE WATER & NPDES
The Tribe currently holds a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for its MBR Waste water Treatment plant. The grant was awarded to the Tribe through a permit process in 2009. However to date the Tribe has not discharged to nearby waters.
CHUKCHANSI NATURE TRAIL & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
In 2006 the Tribal Environmental Department created a nature trail on the Rancheria. This is an excellent opportunity for the Tribe to bring environmental education awareness. The entrance is located near casino security on the south west parking lot where the employees park. The trail offers interpreted signs and cultural uses of plants and cultural resources along the way. The trail is ¾ of a mile one way with some steepness. We ask that you wear the proper clothing attire and have water with you especially during hot weather.
WASTE WATER & NPDES
The Tribe currently holds a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for its MBR Wastewater Treatment plant. The Tribe was awarded to the Tribe through a permit process in 2009. However to date the Tribe has not discharged to nearby waters.