- California Indian tribal nations, California Indian, and other community partners/participants in all CMS activities will be provided the opportunity to: consult and advise on the purpose, process, and outcome of the activity; create an agreement describing the circumstances, conditions, and limits of their partnership/participation; give explicit permission before the beginning of any data collection with culture bearers, including the recording of audio and/or video.
- Rights to all intellectual property, including any historical, language, and/or cultural materials, are retained by the culture bearer(s).
- Ownership of California Indian cultural materials shall reside in descending order: with the individuals who produced them; next with the creator’s family; then with the tribal nation; and finally with the larger California Indian community. Access to all materials will be determined by what level of permission has been given.
- All materials funded through by CMS concerning California Indian history, language and culture will be produced to allow for potential digital distribution and archiving in a manner to be determined by the owners responsible for providing this material.
- A copy of all digital or other materials created or collected in connection to a CMS activity will be provided to the culture bearer(s), their closest descendants, or appropriate entity (following #3 above).
- Culture bearer(s), their closest descendants, or appropriate entity (following #3. above), as participants in a CMS activity, will decide what level of distribution or publication will be allowed. Owners of cultural materials can request sole possession of the master copies and prohibit duplications from being made.
- With permission and direction of culture bearer(s), their closest descendants, or appropriate entity (following #3 above), digital materials will be archived and secured using appropriate levels of permission and digital security measures by all CMS participants.
- Tribal nations possess a moral right to maintain the integrity of material held by members and its dissemination. Thus, grantees need to consult with appropriate tribal nations, governments, and/or groups related to the publication of any research pertaining to California Indian topics and respond and revise as appropriate.