Reclaiming the Sierra

California Indian Environmental Alliance

The California Indian Environmental Alliance (CIEA) was created in 2006 by California Tribal representatives and advocates to address mining contaminants, including mercury, left over from the California Gold Rush.  CIEA’s core programs are the the Mercury Tribal Health Program, Tribal Self-Advocacy Program, the Native Youth Environmental Leadership Program, and the Global Mercury Program that links California Tribes with the Minamata Global Mercury Treaty.

Together these programs empower California Indian communities to practice subsistence fishing cultures, avoid mercury and PCBs in fish, self-advocate for cleanup of California lands and waterways, and train the future generation to be environmental stewards.