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Resources Related to Climate Change

U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan Training Curriculum

EPA APTI

These courses provide information primarily for air regulators, air quality professionals, energy professionals, community members, and others interested in learning more about EPA’s regulations [...]

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GHG Inventories, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Planning

Climate Change Session Presentation

In the GHG Inventories, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation session, Josh Simmons shared his experience working with the Santa Ynez Chumash on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. [...]

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Student Curriculum: Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy Environment

This nine-lesson program was designed to excite kids about environmental health and empower them to take steps in their everyday lives to improve the environment for their community and reduce their [...]

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Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans

Find an array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas on the topics of Air, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, and [...]

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Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network

Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network

Northern communities are changing due to environmental impacts, climate change and development. Monitoring the environment is important for understanding the risks and benefits and for adaptation. [...]

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Indigenous Environmental Network

Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues [...]

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

ITEP was created to act as a catalyst among Tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), various federal, state and local governments, and the private [...]

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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions

Climatic Change Journal

A special issue of the Climatic Change journal (October 2013). Climatic Change is dedicated to the totality of the problem of climatic variability and change - its descriptions, causes, implications [...]

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Facing Climate Change: Coastal Tribes (video)

Facing Climate Change: Coastal Tribes

The Swinomish Tribe has lived on the coasts of the Salish Sea for thousands of years. Today, rising seas not only threaten cultural traditions, but also the economic vitality of this small island [...]

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Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change

Climate Change 101

These reports provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate change. They cover climate science and impacts, climate adaptation, technological solutions, business solutions, [...]

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Tribal Climate Change Project

Tribal Climate Change Project

The Tribal Climate Change Project is a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The project [...]

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American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges

American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges

Developed in collaboration with the Akwesasne Mohawk of northern New York, the Campo Kumeyaay Nation of southern California, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of northern Minnesota and the Lummi Nation [...]

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Digital Coast (NOAA)

Provides data and the tools, training, and information needed to turn these data into the information most needed by coastal resource management professionals. Some tools are web-based, providing [...]

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

This guide summarizes key U.S. government programs addressing climate change, opportunities for tribal engagement and contacts for each agency. In addition to its immediate value to tribes and their [...]

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Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

This profile features Northern California-based ecologist Dennis Martinez and his thoughts on the roles of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and western science. For the past 40 years, Martinez [...]

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Tribal Climate and Energy Information

The Tribal Communities page of EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy site is designed to be a resource for tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy [...]

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Climate Ready Water Utilities Toolbox

The CRWU Toolbox provides access to resources containing climate-related information relevant to water. These resources include several categories of information and can be searched by geographic [...]

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CAKE – Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

CAKE is an online climate change adaptation website for people working on environmental management issues in the face of climate change. It includes a case study database of adaptation projects and [...]

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Living in a Changing Alaska

Living in a changing alaska

This website is designed to help individuals and families in small communities plan for the impacts of climate change in Alaska. The site has an adaptation planning tool and a manual that guide the [...]

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Tribal Climate Change Profiles

In 2010, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS) and the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program collaborated on the development of three tribal climate change [...]

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Swinomish Tribe’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan

The Swinomish Tribe has completed its climate change adaptation plan, which represents the culmination of two years work under a project funded by the Administration for Native Americans. The Tribe's [...]

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U.S. Geological Survey: Activities Related to American Indians and Alaska Natives

usgs report

A report highlighting how USGS science is being used by American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments in land and resource management. Many of the studies highlighted in the report were [...]

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Collaborators with Expertise in Climate Change

Funding Related to Climate Change

Energy & Climate – Hewlett Foundation

GOAL: To ensure that energy is produced and used cleanly and efficiently, with limited impacts on human health and the environment, and that global average temperatures increase less than 2°C to [...]

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Events Related to Climate Change

Tribal Lands & Environment Forum

Aug
14-17

Special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund sites, and emergency response. Tribal water program topics will [...]

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News Related to Climate Change

Jul
5

‘Something isn’t right’ in Mont. wheat fields

The prospect of shrinking harvests hangs over Montana and other wheat-producing regions as politicians in Washington fight over what role the United States should play in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. While the political battle plays out, scientists and wheat growers are working together on one aspect of the debate […]

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Jun
12

The quiet crisis: mass eviction shows toll of homelessness on Native Americans

Several tribal members estimated that anywhere from 350 to 500 members of the Yakama Nation, a sovereign tribe in Washington state with a vast and beautiful reservation, were displaced from 60 tribal-owned residences last spring.

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May
27

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Mar
19

Native American agriculture continues to sustain pueblos

Long before New Mexico was known for signature crops like green chile, for centuries one of the primary foods came on a cob. Corn not only helped pueblo Indians native to the state sustain their lives, but in some cases determined where they would live.

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Feb
23

Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp Is Cleared, at Least 40 Arrested

While many activists left the site of a months-long protest against the Dakota Access pipeline voluntarily as a deadline passed for them to clear the area on Wednesday, some protesters decided to defy the order to leave. Eventually, at least 40 were arrested at the site, according to law enforcement […]

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Feb
22

North Dakota Arrests 10 as Pipeline Protest Camp Empties

The fires burned for hours on the flat, muddy landscape, their thick smoke rising through snowflakes that tumbled to the ground. Someone rode a snowmobile across the dirt, and others moved their belongings to the side of a rural highway. The police gathered, prepared to follow the governor’s order to […]

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Feb
8

Controversial Dakota pipeline to go ahead after Army approval

The U.S. Army will grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project despite opposition from Native American tribes and climate activists.

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Feb
6

U.S. could grant final permit for Dakota pipeline as soon as Friday: government lawyer

The U.S. Army secretary could make a decision on the final permit needed to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline as soon as Friday, the government’s lawyer told a Washington, D.C., court on Monday.

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Feb
3

Bureau of Indian Affairs sending agents to help clear Dakota Access protesters from site

The federal government announced Friday that it was dispatching Bureau of Indian Affairs agents to help clear Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

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Jan
26

These Are the Defiant “Water Protectors” of Standing Rock

Every day during the summer, processions of people in traditional garb came to the camps around Cannonball, pledging to support a movement that had turned into something bigger than a pipeline protest. It had become an international call to protect indigenous people’s rights, and their land.

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Jan
23

What Happens After Standing Rock?

Standing Rock was more of a beginning than end. It was both a potent symbol for this American moment, and the start of something bigger. No DAPL participants now hope the movement will raise the national consciousness on a broad array of Native American issues, from tribal sovereignty to environmental […]

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Jan
21

North Dakota tribe formally calls on pipeline protesters to disperse

A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Jan
9

Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using ‘same model as Standing Rock’

Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector” movement is inspiring Native American-led environmental protests across the US.

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Nov
23

The town that stood up to coal

The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Southwest Montana sits on an estimated 23 billion tons of coal. Coal companies are looking here to expand their reserves. However, the Northern Cheyenne say they will oppose the coal development to no end.

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Nov
19

South Central Climate Science Center receive DOI Environmental Achievement Award

The South Center Climate Science Center, located on the University of Oklahoma’s Research Campus, is the recipient of the Department of Interior 2015 Environmental Achievement Award, a prestigious award for “Climate Science and Partnerships–Increasing the Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation.” The South Central Climate Science Center received the award as […]

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Oct
27

EPA Funds California, Nevada Native Tribe Water Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $30 million in funding to native tribes in California and Nevada. The EPA says since most tribes in the Pacific Southwest have small governments, one goal of the funding is to help them develop programs to protect the environment.

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Oct
20

‘Renewable ranch’ in Eastern Agency takes shape

The Eastern Navajo Nation Agency is exploring the possibility of building a solar farm as part of efforts to chart a “new path,” according to a tribal official. A study was done, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tribal Energy Program, which analyzed the project’s socioeconomic potential, the […]

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Oct
20

Moapa Indian reservation still waiting for 2014 FEMA flood funding

More than 13 months later, the Moapa Band of Paiutes are still awaiting an overwhelming majority of its federal funding from the severe flooding in September 2014. The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the area a major disaster in November 2014. Chairman Dobada says initial estimates at that time were $3.4 […]

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Oct
7

Department of Interior must cancel Badger-Two Medicine leases

For more than 30 years, oil and gas companies have sought to exploit the Badger-Two Medicine, a 160,000-acre parcel made up of the U.S. Forest Service and the Blackfeet Nation, bordering Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet Nation has steadfastly insisted that such industrialization cannot be mitigated, and that existing exploration leases […]

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Oct
6

Wild Berry Harvests Less Reliable According to Alaskan Local Observers

The U.S. Geological Survey announced the publication of a new study examining how Alaska’s tribal environmental managers and local observer networks view statewide trends in wild berry harvests. Survey results, completed by 96 individuals in 73 communities across Alaska, indicated that wild berry harvests were less reliable than in the past.

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Mar
31

Changes in Climate, Watershed Forcing Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to Move Farther Upland

More than a century of change on the Sauk River—glacial retreat, logging in the watershed, and alterations downstream—is forcing the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to move homes, administrative offices, and a longhouse farther upland and away from the river.

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Jan
26

Native Communities Feel The Heat Of Climate Change In The Southwest

Sheep have been an integral part of the lives of generations of Diné, providing food and wool to those living in relative isolation atop the Black Mesa in the remote north-central part of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. However, the lives and livelihoods of the Forest Lake Chapter of the […]

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Dec
16

Yurok tribe hopes California’s cap-and-trade can save a way of life

Instead of preparing to sell lumber, as it has in the past, California’s largest Indian tribe is taking stock of its firs, redwoods and tanoaks to make money in California’s cap-and-trade program. By managing its forest near Redwood National Park for carbon storage instead of timber harvest, the tribe is […]

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Dec
2

Flood Concerns for Sauk-Suiattle Tribe

The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe has long been concerned about the Sauk River flooding near its reservation. A new report commissioned by the tribe forecasts the likely effects global warming will have on the reservation.

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Aug
31

Swinomish tribe worries rising sea levels threaten tradition, culture

With 95 percent of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s reservation borders on the water, the tribe is concerned about the rise in sea level and storm surges expected as the planet warms.

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Aug
2

Alaska tribal group receives grant to study contaminants

A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will enable the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to study climate change and contaminant shifts in the Bering Strait region.

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Jul
23

$10 Million for Native American Climate Resilience

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced the administration is dedicating nearly $10 million to help American Indian tribes enhance their resilience to climate change through adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

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Jul
23

EPA Furthers Tribal Health Research through $5 million in grants

To identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other unique tribal concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to six groups, including universities and tribes.

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Jun
13

MSU student earns ecosystem fellowship with Chief Dull Knife College

Patrick Lawrence, a graduate student in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University, has earned a six-month fellowship to conduct ecosystem-oriented teaching and research at Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

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Apr
22

Cowboy and Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL

Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, including Native Americans, farmers and ranchers from across the United States, were escorted by police as they marched down Independence Avenue to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC. The march started on April 22, 2014, as part of the alliance’s […]

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Jan
30

Hoopa Valley Tribe Declares Drought Emergency

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council has declared a drought emergency. Major concerns resulting from low flow in the Trinity river include higher water temperatures during critical salmon migration times this fall, as well as conditions ideal for the growth of algae and bacteria that could become a health risk. Fire risk […]

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Nov
17

Feds Reach Out to Natives on Climate Change at Tribal Nations Conference

Building on the participation of tribes announced in President Barack Obama’s recent executive order laying out a plan to deal with climate change, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced that it too would partner with the administration.

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Nov
16

Governor declares disaster for Western Alaska communities

Gov. Sean Parnell declared a state of disaster for Western Alaska communities battered by a series of storms this past week. The declaration comes after floodwaters, ice floes and high winds downed communication lines in Stebbins and destroyed sewer and water lines and forced more than 200 people to evacuate […]

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Nov
1

Obama Taps Tribes to Assist in Climate Change Adaptation

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on November 1 that includes a strong tribal presence in its new call to action on coping with climate change, most notably with a new task force comprised of tribal officials along with national, state and local authorities.

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Oct
16

Navajo Nation Council passes funding for tribal energy enterprise

During a special session Wednesday, the Navajo Nation Council voted to appropriate $4.1 million to the Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

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Oct
15

8 Tribes That Are Way Ahead of the Climate-Adaptation Curve

Eight tribes have adopted plans to adapt to a changing climate, including the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, which established an afforestation plan and a strategy to market carbon sequestration credits decades ago, and the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, which issued a climate change proclamation last year […]

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Aug
9

Native Cheyenne Tornado Wisdom

Plains region meterologist laments lack of knowledge of native tornado wisdom. One Cheyenne chief shares some insight.

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Aug
5

Relocation of Alaska’s Sinking Newtok Village Halted

Due to climate change and erosion, the Village of Newtok, AK is rapidly sinking. Relocation efforts broke down this summer because on an internal political conflict and a freeze of government funds.

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Aug
1

Tribes tell Senate how environmental change, rules affect their lands

Several witnesses at a hearing of the senate committee on Indian Affairs called upon the federal government to fight climate change and to help tribes cope with its effects.

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