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Nez Perce Tribe 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.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ken Clark, Jenifer Harris

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

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

Kivalina is a coastal Iñupiat village of 400 people in Northwest Alaska, on a barrier island of the Chukchi Sea.  This report details the struggles of the community of Kivalina to adapt to impacts of climate change including rising sea levels, storm surge, and melting permafrost, for which the village is quite vulnerable. The report contains detailed accounts of the Kivalina people and community, as well as the climate, seasons, air, sea, coast, land, rivers, biota, water, and food which all support the village's subsistence lifestyle.

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 and 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.

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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.

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

This report offers an overview of information from published scientific literature that identifies physical changes in the climate, and vulnerabilities of tribal resources to climate change. Adaptation approaches and strategies are described in response to these vulnerabilities, across ecosystems and other sectors such as agriculture, public health, and energy systems. While the paper is aimed at tribes in the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10, the Pacific Northwest, much of the material is generalized for all audiences.

Author or Affiliated User: Keith A. Rose

Resource Category: Planning

 

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ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Program

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program provides support to tribes that are preparing for and currently contending with climate change including resources to develop climate change adaptation strategies. Development of the program is guided by an advisory committee that includes tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who are actively working on climate change issues. The program's online portal provides 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, Native American tribes.

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.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Effects of Climate Change on American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes

2008

This article discusses how the U. S. can do a better job of addressing tribes in climate policy, given the unique risks tribes face and the unique legal structures that govern tribes.  As the safety, culture, and economies of many tribes are threatened along with the environment, the authors argue that the needs of tribes must be taken into account, and that tribes need to be at the table. Recommendations are made on how tribes can better fit into the existing policy and governance landscape, "both within the framework of federal law and through the exercise of tribal sovereignty.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Cordalis, Dean Suagee

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Swinomish Climate Change Initiative

2008

“If adaptation is to be our future, we at Swinomish have already proved ourselves equal to the challenge. In the spirit and knowledge of our long history, I urge those within our community to embrace this challenge, and to meet it with every confidence of success. That is the true essence of Swinomish.”   ~ Chairman Brian Cladoosby Speepots, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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