Tribal Nations Tools – Alaska Natives/Arctic
Tribal Nations Tools – Alaska Natives/Arctic
- Arctic Adaptation Exchange: The Arctic Adaptation Exchange (AAE) facilitates knowledge exchange through a central information hub for adaptation projects, techniques, and strategies. Its Communities Collection presents the knowledge and experience of indigenous peoples, including Alaska Native communities through access to the Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
- Atlas of Community-Based Monitoring and Traditional Knowledge in a Changing Arctic: Access information on community-based monitoring initiatives of environmental and social factors across the Arctic region, including some in particular used by Alaska Natives and other Arctic Peoples.
- Climate Resilience in Alaskan Communities: Catalog of Federal Programs: Alaska Native and other communities in Alaska that face challenges associated with coastal erosion, flooding, and other climate-related risks can use this catalog to find information, technical assistance programs, and potential funding resources.
- Coastal Change Analyses for Western Alaska: Interactive Map: Covering the entire extent of the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative’s area, this analyses provide important baseline information on the distribution and magnitude of landscape changes from erosion and aggradation (deposition) over 41 years. The maps document changes in the shape and extent of land, as well as in coastal features such as spits, barrier islands, estuaries, tidal guts, and lagoons. Western Alaska Native coastal communities may use this mapping tool to summarize changes for various parcels of land or assess the extent of habitat loss or gain over the study period.
- FEMA and Tribal Nations: A Pocket Guide: This guide helps Tribal Nations find and access programs offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against emergencies and disasters that impact Indian Country.
- Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives: The Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives were developed by the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup (CTKW), composed of tribal climate experts and partners. Tribes, agencies, and organizations can use this guide as a framework to increase understanding of issues relating to access and protection of traditional knowledges in climate initiatives. It includes both a Primer on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change and a discussion of ethics to aid understanding and appropriate usage.
- Imiq Data Portal: The word imiq means “freshwater” in the Inupiat language of Northern Alaska. The Imiq Data Portal provides a snapshot of available hydroclimate data: a map-based view shows where, what, and when data have been obtained. Users can submit a custom data query, specifying variable of interest, geographic bounds, and time step. Imiq will aggregate and export data records from multiple sources in a common format, with full metadata records that provide information about the source data.
- Indigenous Health Indicators Tool: The Indigenous Health Indicators (IHIs) are meant to provide a clear and broadly understandable depiction of what it means to be healthy for many indigenous communities, as well as a method for evaluating the status of health and well-being. IHIs were developed by Swinomish and Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribes with federal partners. Tribal Nations can use this tool — which incorporates connections to ecosystem health and social/cultural beliefs — to better evaluate and manage public environmental health risks and impacts aligned with their value systems.
- Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network: The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) developed the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) network to assist Alaska Native participants, called “LEOs”, post unique or unusual environmental events onto public, web-based maps. The LEO network provides a model for connecting community members with technical experts and resources and is expanding to other regions of the United States and the Arctic.
- Ocean Acidification Curriculum Collection: The Ocean Acidification Curriculum Collection was developed by the Suquamish Tribe, Northwest Indian Fisheries, and state and federal partners. It provides free lesson plans and units on ocean acidification and related topics concerning climate impacts on ocean resources. The collection is searchable by grade band, subject, type of activity, and length of activity and includes correlations to Next Generation Science Standards. Users can use the “Find an Expert” tool to obtain more information in a specific curriculum area or to enhance monitoring or ocean acidification adaptation efforts.
- OceanAdapt: Coastal Tribes and Alaska Native communities may use OceanAdapt to explore how the distribution of almost 650 marine species—including those of interest for subsistence fishing and shellfish gathering—have changed over the past 40 years. Advanced visualization tools help track changes in the distribution of marine species with changing climate and ocean conditions.
- Pan Inuit Trails Atlas: This tool looks at Inuit occupancy of the Northwest Passage through documentation of Inuit traditional trails and place names, which have interconnected Inuit groups across the Arctic since time immemorial. Although they are not permanent features on the landscape, delineations of trails and place names play a critical role in documenting the Inuit spatial narratives about their homelands. The atlas offers map- and text-based searches to help users find material obtained from hundreds of published and unpublished documents.
- Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SMAP) Tools: Alaska Native communities rely on easy-to-use multiple SNAP tools, including climate projections, climate science, and data exploration by community name, which rapidly develops a local focus within the broader context of climate change.
- Seven Generations – Community Based Environmental Planning: The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) developed the Seven Generations (7G) manual, training, and outreach program to assist Alaska Native communities to adopt an environmental planning process to recognize climate impacts and build community capacity for resilience from which other Tribal Nations may also benefit. The Tool is called “Seven Generations” because many Tribal Nations hold in common a policy to consider many future generations in community decision-making to focus on long-term sustainability.
- Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning Toolkit: The Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) established its Tribal Climate Change (TCC) Program in 2009 to provide support and be responsive to the needs of tribes that are preparing for and currently contending with climate change impacts. This program offers training, technical assistance, educational resources, and tools to build the capacity of tribes to address climate change impacts. Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning Toolkit collection of templates and other resources assists tribes in their climate change adaptation planning process. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Climate Change Program provides annual travel support grants to permit tribes to attend this and other climate trainings and helps fund the TCC program.