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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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1854 Ceded Territory Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

September 13, 2016

In 1854, the Chippewa of Lake Superior entered into a treaty with the United States whereby the Chippewa ceded to the United States ownership of their lands in northeastern Minnesota. These lands are the so-called "1854 ceded territory. " Article 11 of the 1854 Treaty provides: ". . . And such of them as reside in the territory hereby ceded, shall have the right to hunt and fish therein, until otherwise ordered by the President. " The Chippewa of Lake Superior who reside in the ceded territory are the Fond du Lac, Grand Portage and Bois Forte Bands.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide

April 1, 2016

The Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide was prepared by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program. The toolbox provides a portal to find resources related to both Tribes and/or climate change in a single, consistent format across agencies, regions, Tribes, and groups. The links available on the website also include a user manual and training videos. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation Climate Change Strategic Plan

April 2016

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Climate Change Strategic Plan is an initial effort to identify climate adaptation strategies by drawing on the expertise of the Tribes’ administration, elders, scientific leaders, and other stakeholders. The confederated tribes currently reside in the Flathead Reservation in Montana, although their territories were originally located in what is now western Montana, northern Idaho, and parts of southern Canada. The plan is particularly concerned with the preservation of the tribe’s natural and cultural resources.

Related Organizations: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation

Resource Category: Planning

 

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BIA Tribal Adaptation and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning Projects

March 23, 2016

On March 23, 2016 the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced they will provide nearly $6.5 million to fund tribal projects that promote climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. The BIA’s Tribal Climate Resilience Program is responding to the Recommendations of the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience  and helping to implement President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change: A Focus on Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation

November 2015

In November 2015, the University of Arizona Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program and Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions convened tribal environmental managers and leaders at a Tribal Leaders Summit to share experiences and build capacity in climate adaptation planning. Participants shared adaptation planning successes and lessons learned, discussed opportunities to supplement climate science with traditional knowledge, and offered feedback on the challenges to implementation.

Related Organizations: The University of Arizona Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Tribal Energy System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

September, 2015

This report, produced by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, provides an overview of the vulnerabilities facing tribal communities in the U.S. and Alaska to climate change. This report aims to strengthen tribal energy and economic infrastructure to climate change by outlining tribal vulnerabilities on a regional level, and providing recommendations to aid tribes in designing more resilient energy infrastructure and management practices.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Tribal Energy Systems Vulnerability to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

September 2015

This report from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy assesses climate change and extreme weather impacts on tribal energy infrastructure and systems in the U.S. It includes information about the impacts from climate change and extreme weather events on both onsite and offsite tribally owned and non-tribally owned energy infrastructure. 

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The Ethics of Traditional Knowledge Exchange in Climate Change Initiatives

July 31, 2015

This essay from the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup (CTKW) makes the case that climate scientists, academics, policymakers, and others working with tribes to utilize traditional knowledges, need guidelines for ethical conduct for using this knowledge. The essay recognizes traditional knowledges as beneficial to climate change because of indigenous peoples’ unique knowledge of the environment but comments that there are opportunities for abuse.

Related Organizations: The Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Resilience in Alaskan Communities: Catalog of Federal Programs

June 1, 2015

Produced under the Obama Administration, this catalog profiles 62 federal funding programs that can support communities of Alaska in improving their climate resilience. For each program, it lists the program’s purpose, funding level, allowable applications, and who may qualify as an eligible applicant. Resources are emphasized that are useful to tribal and native Alaskan communities. The programs described in the catalog are wide ranging, including grants such as FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and the NIH/NIEHS “Research to Action” program aimed at helping communities assess their local environmental threats.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Funding

 

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