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Clearwater River Subbasin Climate Change Adaptation Plan

December 30, 2011

The Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division (NPTWRD) developed this adaptation plan to increase awareness around climate change issues in the Clearwater River Subbasin. Home to the Nez Perce,  the Subbasin covers just over 9,000 square miles in Idaho that includes a mix of federal, state, tribal and privately-owned land. Historically hunter-gatherers, the Tribe’s connection to the land is reflected today through dependence on industries such as agriculture, timber production, and tourism and recreation.

Related Organizations: Nez Perce Tribe, Cumberland River Compact, Model Forest Policy Program

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ken Clark, Jenifer Harris

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Guide for Tribal Leaders on U.S. Climate Change Programs

June 8, 2011

Developed through the Tribal Climate Change Project, this guide highlights programs, funding, and assistance available to American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native communities seeking to address climate change. The guide summarizes key U.S. government programs addressing climate change, and opportunities for tribal engagement and contacts for each agency. Tribal, academic, and non‐governmental agencies and programs to assist tribes in addressing climate change are reviewed as well. 

Related Organizations: University of Oregon, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Legal Considerations for Climate Change Impacts on Tribes’ Off-Reservation Resources

April 2011

Roughly 1. 2 million U. S. tribal members living on or near reservations are experiencing constraints on their lifestyles and economic activity due to the impacts of climate change. Forest resources are deteriorating due to invasive species, while salmon are threatened by warmer water temperatures. In the United States, the federal government has an obligation to exercise legal authorities to protect tribal lands, resources and rights. Because ecosystems and ecosystem impacts permeate jurisdictions and borders, tribal dependence on the land extends beyond on-reservation resources.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Teresa Jacobs, Santi Alston

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change in Kivalina, Alaska - Strategies for Community Health

January 2011

This report details the struggles of the community of Kivalina Alaska to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It contains chapters on people, community, climate, seasons, air, sea, coast, land, rivers, biota, water, food, and recommendations. The major climate change impacts affecting the community include: changes in temperature and precipitation, food security, permafrost melt, thinning ice and increased snow accumulation, wildfires, reduced air quality, erosion, sea level rise, and decreases in water quality and supply.

Related Organizations: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Center for Climate and Health

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Brubaker, James Berner, Jacob Bell, John Warren

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Swinomish Climate Change Initiative: Climate Adaptation Action Plan

October 2010

The ultimate goal of the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative of the Swinomish Tribal Community was to develop an action plan for the adaptation and mitigation of potential risks and impacts of climate change. Under the guidance and coordination of the Swinomish Office of Planning & Community Development, the first year of the Initiative was devoted to the assessment of projected impacts, as presented in an Impact Assessment Technical Report issued in the fall of 2009. The second year of the project was focused on the evaluation of strategies and options for recommended actions to counter identified impacts, which resulted in the preparation and release of this report.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change in Point Hope, Alaska - Strategies for Community Health

August 2010

This report details the struggles of the community of Point Hope, Alaska to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Major climate change impacts affecting the community include: changes in temperature and precipitation, sea level rise, erosion, permafrost melt, thinning ice and increased snow accumulation, decreases in water quality and supply, and food safety and security.

Related Organizations: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Center for Climate and Health

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Brubaker, James Berner, Jacob Bell, John Warren, Alicia Rolin

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Options: A Review of the Scientific Literature

January 6, 2010

The purpose of this report is to summarize information in published scientific literature that identifies physical changes in the climate, vulnerabilities of tribal resources to climate change, and identify adaptation options that tribes in EPA Region 10 could implement to minimize the possible adverse impacts to their well being.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Author or Affiliated User: Keith A. Rose

Resource Category: Planning

 

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ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Website

The Tribes and Climate Change website is an online portal for information on climate change impacts, adaptation planning, research, policy, guides and other educational tools, with a focus on the climate effects upon - and proactive involvement of - the Native American tribes. The site is designed for "assisting tribes in the management of their environmental resources", by providing useful information, resources, and tools to help users better understand climate change, educate others on the issue, and develop strategies for dealing with climate change in their community.

Related Organizations: Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Secretarial Order 3291: Delegation of Authority to Implement the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, New Mexico

October 1, 2009

Signed by Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar, this 2009 secretarial order delegates to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation the authority to construct, operate, and maintain the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, New Mexico, which provides a municipal and industrial water supply to the eastern section of the Navajo Nation, the southwestern part of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup, New Mexico.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Swinomish Climate Change Initiative

2008

In October of 2007 the Swinomish Indian Senate issued a Proclamation directing action to respond to climate change challenges. The Proclamation acknowledged the potential for issues and impacts in the vicinity of the Swinomish Indian Reservation and directs tribal departments and staff to undertake efforts and studies for promoting long-term proactive action.   Following this Proclamation, the Tribe attained funding through the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Native Americans (ANA), to support a major new $400,000 Climate Change Initiative.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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