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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

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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

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Navajo Nation Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Priority Wildlife Species

October 30, 2013

Written for the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife (NNDFW), this document explores potential climate change impacts in the southwest region of the United States and assesses the vulnerability of priority wildlife species that were identified by the Navajo for their cultural or ecological value. The NNDFW is the official wildlife management agency of the Navajo Nation, which covers roughly 27,000 square miles across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. The Department’s mission is to conserve, protect, enhance and restore wildlife toward the spiritual, cultural and material benefit of the Navajo people.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center, The Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife

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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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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

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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)

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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

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Tribal Climate Change Guide

This online database is a collaboration between the University of Oregon and several partners, including the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and the USDA Forest Service. It contains a series of resources that can support adaptation planning and initiatives related to tribes, including a list of funding opportunities for tribes seeking to address climate change, as well as a list of tribal adaptation plans. It allows users to search for other important resources, including climate programs, tribal profiles, and disaster resources.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

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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

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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)

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