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National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources

2014

A chapter of the National Climate Assessment, this report provides an overview of the challenges that indigenous peoples in the United States face due to climate change, as well as the opportunities they have to prepare. Climate change will undermine indigenous ways of life and, in many cases, tribal adaptation efforts will be “limited by poverty, lack of resources, or [. . . ] because there may be no land left to call their own. ” The assessment emphasizes the importance of leveraging traditional knowledge for adaptation planning efforts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: A Primer (Draft)

May 2014

This draft report, prepared for the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science, explores the relationship between climate change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States, specifically related to the impact of climate change on Indigenous Peoples, the interaction between the Federal Government and Indigenous Peoples, and federal funding available to Indigenous Peoples. This report also provides recommendations for how to better engage with tribal and indigenous people to support federal climate change initiatives.

Related Organizations: The Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup

Author or Affiliated User: Gary Morishima

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Mitigwaki idash Nibi (Our Forests and Water): A Climate Adaptation Plan for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

2014

The Red Lake Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with support from the Model Forest Policy Program, developed this climate adaptation plan for the natural resources of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. This plan identifies goals, objectives, strategies, and action steps to address climate impacts to the forest and water systems within the Reservation. The plan will inform future resource management, development, and planning programs with the aim to help the tribe become climate resilient.

Related Organizations: Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Model Forest Policy Program

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Adaptation and Action Plan for the Norton Bay Watershed, Alaska

December 2013

This plan was developed by the Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (NBITWC) to address climate stressors, risks, and adaptation opportunities for tribal villages in the Norton Bay. NBITWC conducts research, education, and advocacy to protect and restore water resources toward tribal interests. The Council represents four Inupiat Eskimo native villages in the Bay, which is located within the Seward Peninsula in northwestern Alaska. The plan includes an economic analysis and forest and water resources assessments, focusing on the restoration of traditional knowledge as a primary adaptation strategy.

Related Organizations: Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, Model Forest Policy Program

Author or Affiliated User: Emily Murray

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

August 2013

Located in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe seeks to prepare for the broad-scale transformations to their homelands resulting from climate change. The goals of this adaptation plan include protecting and preserving cultural resources, ensuring continued economic growth, and promoting long-term community vitality. The plan begins by discussing observed changes, projections of future changes, and climate exposure across the following areas: increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, sea level rise and coastal flooding, ocean acidification and temperature increases, forest habitat changes, and human health.

Related Organizations: Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Akwesasne

August 30, 2013

Mohawk (Kanienkehaka) Nation Territory, known as Akwesasne, is located in the St. Lawrence River Valley and straddles the border between New York State, Ontario and Quebec. This plan discusses the risks posed by climate change to the Mohawk people’s traditional way of life and includes adaptation recommendations aimed at improving public health and cultural preservation. Recognizing the Nation’s deep ties to the land, the plan uses cultural concepts and symbols as a framework for discussing climate change.

Related Organizations: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Tribal Planning Framework: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies by Sector

April 2013

This framework is designed to support American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in developing tribal climate change adaptation plans or incorporating climate change adaptation strategies into existing tribal plans and initiatives, including strategic plans or natural resource management plans. The report discusses climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the sectors of natural and cultural resources, building standards, housing, infrastructure, energy, health, telecommunications, economic development, emergency response, and climate law.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

Author or Affiliated User: Kathy Lynn

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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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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