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BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program

July 16, 2014

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) launched the Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program in 2014 to help tribes prepare for climate change.Direct funding supports federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities in climate resilience planning through competitive awards for climate training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and ocean and coastal management planning. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Managing the Retreat from Rising Seas — Quinault Indian Nation, Washington: Taholah Village Relocation Master Plan

July 15, 2020

Quinault Indian Nation (QIN), a federally recognized tribe located in Washington state, is currently implementing a phased relocation plan as part of a managed retreat strategy in response to the impacts of sea-level rise, flooding, and concerns about the increased likelihood of tsunamis and storm surges attributed to climate change. In 2017, QIN adopted the Taholah Village Relocation Master Plan that outlines a vision and development plan for relocating a portion of QIN living in the Lower Village of Taholah to a higher ground location in the Upper Village Relocation Area. The Master Plan contains eleven chapters covering the history and the need to relocate, goals and principles of the plan, and different aspects of the Upper Village blueprint including appropriate community facilities, housing, infrastructure, culture, sustainability, and resilience. It also sets forth implementation steps for the project through phasing, necessary regulatory changes, and funding. QIN developed the Master Plan with significant community input. The community engagement processes and sustainable planning strategies can provide transferable lessons for other state and local jurisdictions considering similar questions of strategic planning for coastal retreat and relocation, even on a smaller scale. This case study is one of 17 case studies featured in a report written by the Georgetown Climate Center, Managing the Retreat from Rising Seas: Lessons and Tools from 17 Case Studies.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Lac du Flambeau Climate Change Resilience Initiative

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indians have developed the Climate Change Resilience Initiative incorporating traditional knowledge and western science to better understand how the land, waters, species and resources have been and will be affected by climate change. The Initiative is built around the greater goal of protecting minobimadiziiwin (culture and way of life) and the economy of the Waswagoning (Lac du Flambeau) community for the next seven generations. Four climate related plans were developed by the Lac du Flambeau including an Energy Reduction Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, and a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

Related Organizations: Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indians, Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments Center (GLISA) - RISA, Bullock & Haddow, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Webinar Series

December 2019

The Tribal Climate Health Project hosted a series of 10 live, national webinars on Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation (TC&HA) between August to December 2019. These webinars provided training and guidance for tribal-serving health and environmental professionals on the intersection of climate change and tribal health. The trainings included steps, tools, case studies, and other resources on topics including the different climate-related impacts on tribal communities, how to perform vulnerability assessments, and how to form, implement and evaluate adaptation strategies and plans. There were several interactive components of this training, as participants were encouraged each week to discuss related readings, provide their own experiences and findings, and participate in polls, surveys, and other forms of feedback along the entire 10 week training. 

 

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Karuk Tribe Climate Adaptation Plan

August 16, 2019

Karuk have lived in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains in the mid-Klamath River region of northern California beyond documented history, and now face severe climate change impacts to their territory and way of life. The Karuk Climate Adaptation Plan details climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the Karuk tribe and culture, local species and habitats, human health, critical infrastructure, tribal programs, tribal sovereignty and management authority. The climate adaptations evaluated have combined western science and Karuk traditional knowledge, and are recommended based on 22 focal species cultural indicators “for human responsibilities and necessary human actions” across seven habitat management zones.

Related Organizations: Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kari Norgaard, William Tripp

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resource Toolkit

November 2018

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and regional tribal partners developed this suite of resources to support tribes in evaluating their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. The tools are tailored geographically to each of the 84 tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin regions of the western U. S. , with the potential to expand to other regions in the country. The new climate resources are available online, and include a climate tool, links to resources and a technical support line for tribal staff and members.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook

November 2018

Created by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute with support from Adaptation International, this guidebook provides a climate change adaptation planning framework for tribal communities. The report offers a stepwise framework on adaptation planning, and over 30 case studies of tribes already in the adaptation process. It identifies opportunities for working with both Traditional Knowledges (TKs) and western science, and is designed to be useful for tribes at any stage of adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - Integrating Scientific and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

April 2018

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is “an intertribal natural resource agency that assists its 11 member Ojibwe (also known as Chippewa, or Anishinaabe) tribes in the implementation and protection of off-reservation treaty rights to hunt, fish, and gather in territories ceded (or sold) to the United States. ” The Commission has worked closely with these tribes to assess the vulnerability of the local ecosystems and natural resources to climate change across the Great Lakes region including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Related Organizations: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Adaptation Planning Toolkit

Developed by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), this Toolkit offers resources and templates to support tribes in climate adaptation planning. In an introductory document, ITEP provides an overview of adaptation planning fundamentals including guiding principles, frameworks, assessment basics, and strategy development. The Toolkit includes templates created by ITEP for tribes to develop adaptation guidance, policy resolutions, and an adaptation plan. Primary adaptation resources and tools are summarized and linked in a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet.

Related Organizations: Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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