Webinar: Engaging Indigenous Communities in Climate Resilience Research


12:45 to 1:45 p.m., June 16, 2022

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SWCASC) and the NPS Tribal Engagement and Climate Change workgroup hosted a webinar series in spring 2022, on the third Thursday of April, May and June 12-1 PDT. The webinars highlighted climate adaptation projects partially funded by the SW CASC that are taking place in collaboration with Tribal partners.

Webinar #3: Engaging Indigenous Communities in Climate Resilience Research, June 16, 2022

Description: This presentation discusses a partnership between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (PLPT) in northern Nevada and a team of university-based scientists. The research team engaged PLPT stakeholder groups through workshops, interviews, and focus groups to understand how climate change and upstream pressures threaten PLPT ecosystems, lands, and resources. Stakeholders emphasized that climate change planning must be grounded in and informed by Indigenous knowledge practices and protocols, in conjunction with decolonizing approaches to climate adaptation research that returns agency to the PLPT.

Presenter: Schuyler Chew is Mohawk Wolf clan from Six Nations Grand River and grew up on the Tuscarora Nation. As an environmental scientist, he is committed to partnering with Indigenous communities on climate adaptation research. His dissertation research on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s resilience to climate change was funded in part by the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.