NEWSLETTERS AND CALENDARS
UPCOMING WEBINARS AND MEETINGS
September 1-3, 2015. Workshop: Colorado Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop. Golden, CO. The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The workshops offer a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other Tribes. Workshop participants will learn about the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands. http://www.energy.gov/indianenergy/events/colorado-commercial-scale-tribal-renewable-energy-workshop
September 3, 2015. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Regional Climate Change Impacts Webinars – Alaska.
DOE will host a series of webinars highlighting the the impacts and opportunities of climate change and responses for minority communities, using information from Quadrennial Energy Review and the National Climate Assessment. Participants may register at anytime for the webinars, and the webinars will be recorded for those interested who aren’t able to attend. The presenter for the Alaska webinar is Sarah Trainor. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.energy.gov/diversity/mie-webinar.
September 14, 2015. 9:15 – 10:45 am Pacific. Webcast: Climate Adaptation: American Indians and Alaska Natives. The effects of climate change are already impacting communities across the U.S. and are projected to create increasing challenges. Preparing for climate resilience in Native American communities is particularly critical, as climate change impacts threaten the health and safety of tribal communities, subsistence practices, and land, water, and other natural resources communities depend on. Impacts communities are already facing include reduced water quality and quantity in the West, declining sea ice in Alaska, health hazards from increasing temperatures and thawing permafrost, and severe erosion and sea level change in coastal locations. Tribes and the federal government are working together to plan for and address these challenges. Please join the Office of Policy Analysis on September 14 for a panel discussion on current efforts and partnerships between tribes and the federal government to plan and prepare for and enable climate preparedness and resilience. To Livestream this event, login to www.doi.gov/events. Please join 5-10 minutes early to avoid technical difficulties. Closed captioning will be available. The recorded event will be posted to the Office of Policy Analysis website: http://www.doi.gov/ppa/seminar_series/video.
September 22-24, 2015. Annual Intertribal Nursery Council meeting. Pendleton, OR
Hosted by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This year’s meeting will include two-and-a-half days of information sharing, technical presentations, tours, and nursery training lectures. A few spots are open for additional presentations; relevant topics include overviews or updates from tribal nurseries, restoration projects using native plants, native plant research projects, conservation education efforts, pollinator projects, reforestation, and traditional ecological knowledge related to native plants. Travel funds are available for those that qualify. For more information please contact Jeremy Pinto, firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-883-2352.
September 24-25, 2015. National Tribal Energy Summit. Washington, D.C. The National Summit supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to assist tribal efforts to enhance energy security, increase community resiliency, and cultivate a sustainable energy future. The event will highlight challenges and showcase opportunities in the areas of: Science and technology, policy, and the regulatory environment; Community- and commercial-scale energy project development; Tribal education and workforce development; Federal procurement; and Energy sector supply chain participation. Representatives from federal agencies, state and tribal governments, tribal corporations, private industry, utilities, and academia will come together with scientists, educators, analysts, and experts in energy policy, regulation, financing, and technology-to-market to exchange ideas and explore solutions. Download the postcard for more information. Additional details about the location and how to register will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, questions may be directed to Ana M. Han at 202-586-9820. For more information, click here.
October 1, 2015. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Regional Climate Change Impacts Webinars – Midwest.
DOE will host a series of webinars highlighting the the impacts and opportunities of climate change and responses for minority communities, using information from Quadrennial Energy Review and the National Climate Assessment. Participants may register at anytime for the webinars, and the webinars will be recorded for those interested who aren’t able to attend. The presenter for the Midwest webinar is Sara Pryor. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.energy.gov/diversity/mie-webinar.
October 13-14, 2015. Conference: 2015 NAFWS Pacific Region Conference. Polson, Montana. Native American Fish and Wildlife Society regional conference. http://www.nafws.org/events/regional-events
October 18-23, 2015. National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 72nd Annual Convention and Marketplace, San Diego, CA. http://www.ncai.org/events/2015/10/18/72nd-annual-convention-and-marketplace
October 26-29, 2015. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Santa Fe, NM. Offered by the USFWS National Conservation Training Center and sponsored in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans: (1) identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and (2) understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable. For more information, contact April.Taylor@chickasaw.net
October 26-30, 2015. Conference: Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management, Anchorage, AK. ATCEM, organized by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, is an annual gathering that brings together Tribes, Non-profits, and State and Federal organizations, for a week of environmental conversations. The discussions focus on finding and implementing solutions to address the unique environmental concerns facing Alaskan communities. http://www.atcemak.com/
October 27-29, 2015. 23rd Annual Tribal/EPA Region 9 Conference. Reno, NV. For the past 23 years, the annual conference has been an important opportunity for partnership and ongoing collaboration between Tribes, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal, state, and local agencies. The annual conference provides the Tribes with valuable training, networking opportunities, and resource-sharing. Will include a climate change plenary session. http://region9tribal-epaconference.com/
November 2-3, 2015. Southwest Climate Summit: Bridging the Gap: Collaborative Science for Adaptive Management. Join the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) for a 2-day conference, November 2-3, 2015, that brings together scientists and managers to share emerging climate science, Climate-Smart Conservation results, management and policy responses, and lessons learned across the Southwest. The conference, held in Sacramento, California, will feature presentations by leading thinkers, oral and poster sessions, and workshops designed to engage participants in building collaborative partnerships for resilient southwestern landscapes. For more information: http://www.swcsc.arizona.edu/content/2015-southwest-climate-summit
November 4-5, 2015. Sixth Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference, Coeur d’Alene, ID. The PNW Climate Science Conference annually brings together more than 250 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. It is the region’s premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice.
November 5, 2015. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Regional Climate Change Impacts Webinars – Hawai’i and Pacific Islands.
DOE will host a series of webinars highlighting the the impacts and opportunities of climate change and responses for minority communities, using information from Quadrennial Energy Review and the National Climate Assessment. Participants may register at anytime for the webinars, and the webinars will be recorded for those interested who aren’t able to attend. The presenters for the Hawai’i and Pacific Islands webinar are Jo-Ann Leong & Victoria Keener. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.energy.gov/diversity/mie-webinar.
November 9 – December 3, 2015. Online training: Climate Change Policy and Public Health. Offered by University of Wisconsin-Madison through Coursera. 4-8 hours/week. Explore current evidence linking climate change and public health while learning the fundamental co-benefits of climate change mitigation. Evaluate policies and interventions while gaining hands on experience communicating climate science and health to policy makers and the general public. https://www.coursera.org/course/ccandph
November 12-14, 2015. 2015 Rising Seas Summit, Cambridge, MA. The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) has announced the 2015 Rising Seas Summit, which will be held in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. It brings together professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. http://www.risingseassummit.org/index.html
December 3, 2015. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Regional Climate Change Impacts Webinars – Great Plains.
DOE will host a series of webinars highlighting the the impacts and opportunities of climate change and responses for minority communities, using information from Quadrennial Energy Review and the National Climate Assessment. Participants may register at anytime for the webinars, and the webinars will be recorded for those interested who aren’t able to attend. The presenter for the Great Plains webinar is Bull Bennett. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.energy.gov/diversity/mie-webinar.
January 7, 2016. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Regional Climate Change Impacts Webinars – Southwest.
DOE will host a series of webinars highlighting the the impacts and opportunities of climate change and responses for minority communities, using information from Quadrennial Energy Review and the National Climate Assessment. Participants may register at anytime for the webinars, and the webinars will be recorded for those interested who aren’t able to attend. The presenter for the Southwest webinar is Hilda Blanco. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.energy.gov/diversity/mie-webinar.
February 4, 2016. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Regional Climate Change Impacts Webinars – Northwest.
DOE will host a series of webinars highlighting the the impacts and opportunities of climate change and responses for minority communities, using information from Quadrennial Energy Review and the National Climate Assessment. Participants may register at anytime for the webinars, and the webinars will be recorded for those interested who aren’t able to attend. The presenter for the Northwest webinar is TBD. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.energy.gov/diversity/mie-webinar.
North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) Science Management Webinar: Correlation and climate sensitivity of human health and environmental indicators in the Salish Sea. Presenters Dr. Jamie Donatuto, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community & Dr. Eric Grossman, USGS. Links to the recorded webinar and presentation slides are now available on the NPLCC website here. If you have any questions or comments about the project, please feel free to contact Dr. Donatuto, Dr. Grossman, or Mary Mahaffy, NPLCC Science Coordinator. For more information on the NPLCC and future Science-Management webinars please visit us at nplcc.org
Archived ITEP webinars: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/climatechange/tcc_archived_webinars.asp
NEWS, PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
New Publication: Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Country: Tribal Regulation of Reservation Lands and Natural Resources.
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Climate Adaptation Plan. The Red Lake Band of Chippewa created a climate adaptation plan through Climate Solutions University. The plan is online here: http://www.mfpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Red-Lake-Forest-Water-Climate-Adaptation-Plan-Final-2014.pdf.
ITEP video Adapting to Change: The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) produced the video Adapting to Change with assistance from Jeremy Scott, a graduate student in Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication. The filming occurred at ITEP’s Climate Change Adaptation training in September 2014 in Portland, OR. The film highlights climate change impacts on tribes and their resources in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, adaptation, and the training. The video and the training were made possible with funding support from the USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station. http://vimeo.com/118150835
ITEP Tribal Climate Change Fact Sheets: The Institute for Tribal Environmental produces 2-page fact sheets that focus on climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, and other relevant topics. They may be used in outreach with tribal government staff, leadership and communities. Two recent fact sheets focus on climate change mitigation and solid waste and climate change and human health and are attached below. Fact sheets are available at: http://www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/resources/res_factsheets.asp
Recorded Webinar: Chugachmiut, on berry risk mapping and modeling in Southcentral Alaska. The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative Science-Management Webinar with Nathan Lojewski, Forestry Manager of the Chugachmiut, on berry risk mapping and modeling in Southcentral Alaska took place on April 8, 2015.The webinar is now available for viewing on YouTube here. You can learn more about the project on the NPLCC website.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – Tribes and Climate Change Website – http://www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/: This website provides information and resources tailored to helping Native people gain a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on their communities. The site includes basic climate-change information; profiles of tribes in diverse regions of the U.S., including Alaska, who are coping with climate change impacts; audio files of elders discussing the issue from traditional perspectives; and resources and contacts to use in developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. ITEP has also recently created several fact sheets on climate change with a Southwest Focus:
Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Plan Template: ITEP’s tribal climate change adaptation plan template serves as a resource for Tribes as they develop climate change adaptation plans. The template provides guidelines and suggestions for writing plans and includes key terms and additional resources. The template is intended to be used for organizing and presenting information but is not meant to create a “one-size fits-all” plan, as each Tribe will have unique needs and approaches to planning for climate change. Please contact Sue Wotkyns (Susan.Wotkyns@nau.edu), ITEP’s Climate Change Program Manager, to request the template, which is available as a Microsoft Word document file. Please include your name, Tribe or organization, and your contact information when requesting the template.
ITEP Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center (TCERC): TCERC is a research center working to support clean energy in tribal communities. TCERC’s mission is to foster the transition of Native American tribes and Alaskan Native Villages from fossil fuel to renewable energy and clean energy through development and research of clean energy technologies. They offer a variety of resources and support for tribal energy programs. For more information, go to: www4.nau.edu/itep/tcerc/
American Indian Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group – http://aianclimatechange.com/: The AIAN “Working Group” was formed through a coalition of tribal colleges. Goals of the AIAN climate change working group include: Preparing future generations of AI/AN geoscience professionals, educators, and a geoscience literate AI/AN workforce; Ensuring that indigenous tribal knowledge of landscapes and climates are valued, used and incorporated into our tribal exercise of geoscience education and research; Establishing a collaborative effort between federal agencies, tribes and tribal colleges in order to make sure geoscience education and research opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives are integrated and coordinated.
Centre for Indigenous Climate Change Resources – http://www.cier.ca/: The Centre for Indigenous Climate Change Resources is a Canadian national, First Nation-directed environmental non-profit organisation established in 1994 by a group of First Nation Chiefs from across Canada. Through its programs, the Centre takes action on climate change, builds sustainable communities, protects lands and waters, and conserves biodiversity.
University of Colorado Law and CIRES –http://www.tribesandclimatechange.org/: CU’s Native Communities and Climate Change project works to support climate change adaptation planning by American Indian tribes and their partners. The project website includes a searchable database of relevant documents.
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange – http://www.cakex.org/: The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is a joint effort by EcoAdapt and Island Press to create an innovative community of practice on climate change adaptation. CAKE is intended to support individuals interested in developing the discipline of adaptation to climate change by: facilitating the identification of important information and its accessibility; Building a community via an interactive online platform; Connecting practitioners to share knowledge and strategies; and Networking with other relevant materials around the web.
Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) - http://pnwclimate.org: The Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) provides information and tools for making decisions about landscape and watershed management in a changing climate.. The CIRC is a consortium of three multi-university organizations: The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, including Oregon State University and the University of Orego; Idaho’s project on Water Resources in a Changing Climate, including University of Idaho and Boise State University; and the University Extension Services from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington including Oregon and Washington Sea Grant programs.
Climate Impacts Group – http://cses.washington.edu/cig/: The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”). Research at the CIG considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most work focused on the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission - http://www.critfc.org/wana/climate.html: The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and its member tribes are aggressively addressing climate change and its effects on tribal fisheries and water resources, as well as other natural and cultural resources. CRITFC is supporting tribal adaptation and mitigation efforts through collaboration, coordination and development of science and technology (i.e. conducting technical research on climate change impacts on tribal lands), and development and coordination of tribal mitigation and adaptation strategies and actions in state, federal and other venues.
EcoAdapt -http://www.ecoadapt.org/: EcoAdapt brings together diverse players in the conservation, policy, science, and development communities to reshape conservation and resource management in response to rapid climate change. EcoAdapt’s main objectives include: Building the field of adaptation by coordinating, magnifying, and making climate change adaptation capacity and resources more accessible; Building capacity of current and future professionals in conservation, planning, and development so they can engage in climate change adaptation; and Supporting implementation of adaptation strategies by providing capacity to partners eager to take climate adaptation action.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Tribal Air Quality Program -http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/tribalair: Indian tribes have express authority under the Clean Air Act and the Tribal Authority Rule to manage air quality in Indian country. The EPA provides technical assistance and resource to help Tribes built their program capacity. Promoting Generations of Self-Reliance – Stories and Examples of Tribal Adaptation to Change (also available at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/TRIBAL.NSF.)
Indigenous Stewardship Methods and NRCS Conservation Practices guidebook: http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/Publications.html: The Indigenous Stewardship Methods and NRCS Conservation Practices guidebook provides guidance to employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and to indigenous cooperators who work with NRCS. It provides a sensitive process in which knowledge is shared, allowing employees to incorporate the indigenous knowledge into NRCS’ assistance through its conservation practices.
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives seek to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify gaps, and avoid duplication through improved conservation planning and design. Partner agencies and organizations coordinate with each other while working within their existing authorities and jurisdictions. The three LCC’s in the Pacific Northwest include:
North Pacific LCC – http://http://northpacificlcc.org/
Great Basin LCC – http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/Great_Basin_LCC.html
Great Northern LCC – http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/gnlcc