Tribal Nations Featured Content

This page contains relevant content from U.S. government agencies and other sources that can help Tribal Nations and other communities understand how climate variability and/or global climate change is impacting and/or may impact their Peoples, Lands, and Resources and to assist in building climate resilience strategies.

All items listed in the Resources > Tools section of the Tribal Nations Theme are also found among the Tools included in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. Items found here in the Featured Content section only represent additional resources that have not yet or cannot be considered a tribal climate resilience support tool, so make sure to review both Tools and Featured Content Section resources for best results.

General Resources | Tribal Nations Resources for Alaska Natives/Arctic | Tribal Nations Resources for Assessment & Planning | Tribal Nations Resources for Adaptation | Tribal Nations Resources for Mitigation | Tribal Nations Resources for Disaster Risk Reduction | Tribal Nations Resources for Relocation | Tribal Nations Resources for Capacity Building

 

General Resources

  • BIA Climate Change Funding and Resources: Climate change brings severe challenges to Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages. The President’s Climate Action Plan identified the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as the lead agency to support federally recognized tribes as they address this challenge. Therefore, BIA is providing expanded climate funding, training, technical assistance, and coordinated government and intertribal resources to Tribal Nations to assist them to build climate resilience.
  • Tribal Climate Change Guide: The Tribal Climate Change Guide provides exhaustive resource listings by Funding, Climate Adaptation Plans, and Related Programs and Resources that may assist tribes in addressing climate change impacts. New tabs link to Climate Scientists, Publications, and Events as new resource topics continue to be added regularly.
  • Tribal Climate Change Events Calendar: This calendar includes conferences, trainings, webinars and other events related to tribes and climate change.
  • National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources: Climate change threatens Tribal Nations access to traditional foods and adequate water. Alaskan Native communities are increasingly exposed to health and livelihood hazards related to rising temperatures and declining sea ice. This sector chapter of the National Climate Assessment helps users explore impacts on Indigenous Peoples.
  • NASA-sponsored 1998 Native Peoples-Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop and 2009 Native Peoples-Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop and its Mystic Lake Declaration of November 21/2009 provided a landmark voice for Tribal Nations to describe how climate impacted them and what they expected from world leaders to address the causes of climate change to protect their ways of life.
  • First Stewards Climate Resources: First Stewards Inc. seeks to unite indigenous voices to collaboratively advance adaptive climate change strategies to sustain and secure Tribal Nations cultures and strengthen America’s resiliency and ability to adapt to climate change by holding symposia, and cultivating sustainable projects and educational opportunities within indigenous communities. The 2012 Witness Report recounts how climate change was reported to impact tribes.
  • Rising Voices: The Rising Voices: Collaborative Science for Climate Solutions program facilitates cross-cultural approaches to assess critical community needs and to pursue joint research aimed at developing optimal plans for community action towards sustainability to equip indigenous communities particularly adversely affected by weather and climate impacts. It meets annually.
  • National Adaptation Forum (NAF) Tribal Track: National Adaptation Forum (NAF) Tribal Track links to the biannual climate conference Tribal Sessions with links to most presentations presented.
  • Indigenous Climate Change Peoples Working Group (IPCCWG): Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Working Group (IPCCWG or the Climate Change Working Group or the Working Group) was formed in response to the need for education and research programs in climate change at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to prepare future generations of American Indians and Alaska Natives to address climate challenges in their communities in collaboration with federal agencies and partners.
  • ATNI Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change: ATNI Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change brought together Tribal Councils, Policy Leaders, Tribal Staff, and federal agency representatives. Tribal Climate presentations describing many of the cases and tools in the toolkit are linked here.
  • Tribal Climate Videos: Ongoing efforts seek to compile Tribal Climate Videos from around the county into a single, on-demand access location. Many of the videos are also highlighted in the Tribal Nations topic, subtopics, tools, and cases in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.

Tribal Nations Resources for Alaska Natives/Arctic

  • Administration for Native Americans: Administration for Native Americans provides financial assistance and capacity building, gathering and sharing data, and advocating for improved policies within human health services and across the federal government for Tribal Nations facing increasing climate impacts.
  • Alaska Ocean Observing System: The Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) systems supports participating Alaska Native groups and individuals with coastal hazards mitigation, ecosystem and climate trends analysis, water quality monitoring, data access, regional information, special projects, and training.
  • USACE Tribal Nations Program: USACE Regional Tribal Liaisons assist tribes to consult on climate change adaptation projects such as coastal erosion controls and water supply projects. It includes a Tribal Nations Community of Practice among staff to address tribal issues.

Tribal Nations Resources for Assessment & Planning

Tribal Nations Resources for Adaptation

  • USDA Climate Hubs: The USDA Regional Climate Hubs assist tribes to address forestry, natural resources conservation, and other land management concerns related to a changing climate.  Online resources include Climate Variability Resources and USDA program listings that provide Adaptation Assistance.
  • USFS Climate Change Response Framework: The U.S. Forest Service Climate Response Framework is a collaborative, cross-boundary approach among scientists, managers, Tribal Nations and other landowners to incorporate climate change considerations into natural resource management. It provides an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-informed conservation and forest management.
  • Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM): SCRiM links a transdisciplinary team of scholars at 19 universities and 5 research institutions, including tribal colleges, across 6 nations to answer the question, “What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies?”
  • EPA Tribal Portal: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tribal Portal provides access to climate and environment consultation services, the Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) funding, the Tribal Science Council (TSC), the Tribal ecoAmbassadors program, and resources by region and topic to support tribes address climate, environmental degradation, and related social justice issues.

Tribal Nations Resources for Mitigation

  • EPA Clean Power Plan: Tribal Nations can learn how carbon pollution from power plants causes climate change and actions they can use to address carbon pollution through policies and community actions.
  • DOE Tribal Energy Programs: The Department of Energy Tribal Energy Program provides technical assistance, project funding, training, and a variety of resources to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
  • Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (IEED) Assistance Tribal Toolbox: Through technical assistance, grants, and private data from tribal lands about energy, minerals, and environmental concerns, IEED helps Tribal Nations successfully develop and manage their energy and mineral resources.

Tribal Nations Resources for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Indian Health Service (IHS): The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. One of its roles is assisting in development of Health Assessments and Environmental Sustainability Plans and supporting tribal health programs to do the same, which may include a climate component.
  • USACE Tribal Nations Program: USACE Regional Tribal Liaisons assist tribes to consult on climate change adaptation projects such as coastal erosion controls and water supply projects. It includes a Tribal Nations Community of Practice among staff to address tribal issues.

Tribal Nations Resources for Relocation

  • Administration for Native Americans: Administration for Native Americans provides financial assistance and capacity building, gathering and sharing data, and advocating for improved policies within human health services and across the federal government for Tribal Nations facing increasing climate impacts.
  • Alaska Ocean Observing System: The Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) systems supports participating Alaska Native groups and individuals with coastal hazards mitigation, ecosystem and climate trends analysis, water quality monitoring, data access, regional information, special projects, and training.
  • USACE Tribal Nations Program: USACE Regional Tribal Liaisons assist tribes to consult on climate change adaptation projects such as coastal erosion controls and water supply projects. It includes a Tribal Nations Community of Practice among staff to address tribal issues.

Tribal Nations Resources for Capacity Building