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Chippewa of Lake Superior 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.

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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

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Puyallup Tribe Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options

2016

The Pullayup Tribe of Indians, from the Puget Sound area of Washington State, have completed a climate impact assessment and adaptation strategy for the natural resources in the area on which they depend. This report combines the latest climate knowledge for the region with input from Tribal staff and members, and presents primary projected climate impacts for the Tribe and surrounding ecosystems, as well as strategic actions to build climate resilience. 

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3rd National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources

2014

A chapter of the Third 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.

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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.

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Climate Change and Mental Health: Uncertainty and Vulnerability for Alaska Natives

April 15, 2010

This bulletin provides an academic review of the mental health effects to Alaskan Natives as a result of climatic changes, including impacts associated with more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, changes to the local environment, and alterations to subsistence resources. Potential responses for mental health providers and communities-at-large are outlined, such as conducting vulnerability assessments, creating post-incident recovery environments, increasing the awareness of mental health effects associated with climate change, and monitoring activities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jacob Bell, Michael Brubaker, Kathy Graves, James Berner

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Tribal Climate Change Project

The Tribal Climate Change Project (TCCP) is a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. TCCP aims to understand the needs, lessons learned, and opportunities American Indians and Alaska Natives have in planning for the physical effects of climate change. This information will be used to inform resource management decision-making in the context of climate change. This project supports the USDA Forest Service 2010 Coordinated Approach to Tribal Climate Change Research strategy.

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Community-Informed Heat Relief: Policy Options for Addressing Urban Extreme Heat in High-Risk Communities

June 30, 2021

Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard. Due to the legacy of racially discriminatory redlining practices and long-term lack of investment in their communities, people of color in urban areas are disproportionately exposed to high temperatures and suffer greater consequences. To help policymakers and communities address this public health threat, the Georgetown Climate Center is releasing Community-Informed Heat Relief: Policy Options for Addressing Urban Extreme Heat in High-Risk Communities to inform a new comprehensive heat plan currently being developed by the District of Columbia, and to serve as a resource for other cities impacted by urban extreme heat.

Author or Affiliated User: Katherine McCormick

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Resilience, Equity, and Innovation: The City Accelerator Guide to Urban Infrastructure Finance

November 2017

The City Accelerator Guide offers tools and processes for city governments seeking to finance capital infrastructure projects that address climate resilience and social equity issues. The strategies in this guide offer tested methods for incorporating long-term resilience and equity into the capital planning process. Cross-disciplinary teams from four cities - including Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, D. C. ; and Saint Paul, MN - worked together to develop innovative finance strategies.

Author or Affiliated User: Jennifer Mayer

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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.

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