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Status of Tribes and Climate Change Report

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The Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report seeks to uplift and honor the voices of Indigenous peoples across the U.S. to increase understanding of Tribal lifeways, cultures, and worldviews, the climate change impacts Tribes are experiencing, the solutions they are implementing, and ways that all of us can support Tribes in adapting to our changing world. The STACC Report was written for diverse audiences including Tribal managers, leaders, and community members, the authors of future National Climate Assessments (NCA); federal and state agencies and decision makers; and non-governmental organizations. Over 90 authors representing diverse entities and perspectives contributed to this report, including the authors of 34 personal narratives and author teams who wrote topic reviews using elements from their own experiences and knowledge.

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Guides and Reports

Tribal lands are not resistant to climate change and require projections, reports, and guidelines to combat future changes.

Guides and Reports

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View Our Tribal Tools!

We have collected a list of external tools that relate to everything Tribal and Climate Change!

Tools

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Organizations

The Southwest is home to several tribal organizations with vast amounts of information.

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Traditional Burning Resources

Cultural Burning

SW CASC Traditional Burning Activities

Traditional burning is a form of under burning that has been used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years to increase water runoff into streams, create habitats for plants and animals, and recycle nutrients.

The approach emphasizes people’s connection to the land and respect for fire as a life-sustaining process. The SW CASC has been working with partners including Ron Goode (North Fork Mono Tribe) in California, to plan and participate in traditional burning workshops, and to learn more about this traditional technique.

Read more in our blogthis article, and the brief below. Also check out this NPR Interview with Ron Goode, Dr. Beth Rose Middleton, and others.

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February 2020 Workshop

In February 2020, Southwest CASC PI, Beth Rose Middleton (UC-Davis) and Ron Goode of the North Fork Mono Tribe and his family hosted a Resource Restoration Traditional Burn in Mariposa, California. 

The goal of the workshop was to introduce participants to the principles of traditional burning, which involve the targeted use of fire as a tool for ecosystem conservation and restoration. Over 100 people attended, including students from multiple universities, community members from several tribes, representatives of conservation organizations (TNC, Foothills Conservancy), local community members, state (e.g., CALFIRE, Associate State Archeologist, and the UC Fresno Cooperative Extension) and federal (USFS) agencies. Students in the “Keepers of the Flame” course at UC Davis also participated in the workshop, creating a transformative experiential learning for students. Read the cultural burning brief above for a larger discussion of the course and workshops.

For more information about SW CASC's Traditional Burning initiatives, see the Traditional Burning page.

Tools

CAKEx Tool [Tribal]

CAKEx

CAKEx vets and organizes available information on climate change, hosts an interactive online platform to build an innovative community, hosts a directory of practitioners, and explains data tools and information available from other sites.

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience Resource Guide

This guide was developed through the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

Translational Ecology presentation

Tribal Climate Tool

This tool was designed to be used by tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Basin. It provides maps, graphs, tables, and descriptions of projected changes due to climate change. 

NW CASC Tribal Climate Tool

NW CASC Tribal Climate Tool

This tool allows the user to explore, visualize, and download climate change predictions and summaries. 

Tribal Climate Adaptation Template

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Adaptation Planning Toolkit

This toolkit was put together by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) to assist tribes in creating climate adaptation plans. The templates and other resources in this toolkit are meant to be used and modified to fit the needs of individual tribes. 

Climate Engine Tool

Climate Engine

This tool allows users to visualize, interact with, and analyze climate and earth observations at relevant scales.

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Tribal Adaptation Planning Toolkit

This toolkit is a collection of templates and other resources developed by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) to assist tribes in their climate change adaptation planning process.

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Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources

The University of Washington has put together a carefully curated list of resources to assist tribes with climate adaptation planning. This list contains resources for tribes at every stage of planning.