Tribal Profiles, Fact Sheets and Climate Planning Tools

These climate change resources include a wide-range of materials, from profiles of tribal climate change efforts around the United States, fact sheets that focus on climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, and other relevant topics, and planning resources for developing climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans. Additional tribal climate change planning resources can be found here:

Several key resources released in 2018 include:

Titlesort descending Description Category Geography Website
Tuscarora: Drawing on Traditional Teaching to Confront a Changing Climate

The Tuscarora Nation is one of Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, commonly referred to as the Iroquois, all based in New York state. Each Nation in the confederacy has taken steps to address climate change impacts and promote cultural solidity by tapping their traditional knowledge base. The Tuscarora began an Environmental program that has addressed an array of bio-cultural concerns through innovative programs that draw on traditional knowledge. Projects include protecting the community's traditional food base through a seed-banking program and community-based agriculture, conducting a comprehensive GIS analysis of the tribe's natural resources, land-restoration projects, a program to pass cultural knowledge and wisdom to the youth, and sustainability efforts.

Adaptation, TEK, Tribal Northeast Link
U.S. Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations

The U.S. Forest Service established the first Tribal Government Program Manager position in the Washington Office in 1988, responding to identified needs and Executive direction. Subsequently, in 2004, the Office of Tribal Relations was formed as a permanent staff within the State and Private Forestry Deputy Area, to facilitate consistency and effectiveness in Forest Service program delivery to Tribes, and to institutionalize long-term consultative and collaborative relationships with tribal governments through new policy and direction. The current Office of Tribal Relations staff consists of six employees who serve as the Headquarters component of the Forest Service’s Tribal Relations Program. Field staffs comprise the other part of the program, and include the Regional Program Managers, Tribal Liaisons at the Forest level, and individuals in each of the Agency’s mission areas.

facilitation, consultation, collaboration, policy, government to government relationship, communication, tribal trust rights National Link
USDA Programs and Resources to Assist with Adaptation to Climate Change

This table is a compilation of USDA programs and resources to assist Tribes with adaptation and mitigation of climate change. This resource have been reviewed and approved by the USDA Office of Tribal Relations. There are over 140 USDA program and resources that provide financial assistance, technical assistance, loans, insurance, or services to help Tribes adapt to climate change. Disclaimer: Details of programs and resources listed are from the 2014 Farm Bill and will be updated to reflect the 2018 Farm  Bill.

adaptation, mitigation, climate change, financial assistance, technical assistance, loans, insurance National Link
Vulnerability of Coastal Louisiana Tribes in a Climate Change Context

Living among the bayous in southern Louisiana, coastal tribes have a long history of vulnerability to and impacts from a range of environmental and human-caused events, including storms, subsidence, land sinking and shrinking, sea-level rise and oil spills. These events have posed uncommon challenges to these indigenous communities. In January 2012, several tribal communities from coastal Louisiana (including Grand Bayou Village, Grand Caillou/Dulac, Isle de Jean Charles and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribes) met to “share knowledge, support, cultural connectivity and adaption strategies” in response to the significant environmental changes they face. This meeting, convened by the tribes and attended by the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), brought together local tribal members, national tribal leaders, faith leaders, government agency representatives, and resource specialists to share information on the various opportunities, resources, and programs available to tribal communities experiencing the impacts of large-scale environmental change.

Adaptation, Collaboration, Tribal Gulf Coast, Southeast Link
Water Toolbox

Tribal Nations may take advantage of this Federal Support Toolbox to access a comprehensive “one-stop-shop” online water resources data portal. The site offers direct links to valuable data, state-of-the-art models, and tools for the U.S. and international water resources community to collaborate and share information.

toolbox, water, resources, models, collaborate, community National Link
Western Water Applications Office (WWAO)

The mission of NASA’s Western Water Applications Office (WWAO) is to help solve important and pressing water-resource problems that the western United States faces today. To do this, WWAO equips water decision-makers with useful, accessible and sustained remote-sensing-based information.

remote-sensing, data collection, groundwater, drought, water management Western United States Link

WindNinja is a computer program that computes spatially varying wind fields for wildland fire application. Wind is one of the most important environmental factors affecting wildland fire behavior. Complex terrain in fire-prone landscapes induces local changes in the near-surface wind that are not predicted well by either operational weather models or expert judgment. WindNinja was developed to help fire managers predict these winds.

weather, weather prediction, wildland fire, wildfire preparedness, wildland firefighters, mountainous terrain, fire-prone landscapes, fire management National, mountainous terrain Link
Yukon Delta Villages Document Baseline Environmental Data

The Yukon River drains a vast and diverse area of western Canada and Alaska. Where it approaches Alaska’s southwest coast on the Bering Sea, the great river spreads out and meanders across the Yukon Delta, a broad, flat region of wetlands and tundra underlain by permafrost. For thousands of years, Native Alaskans of Yup’ik and Cup’ik cultures have flourished in this unique region, sustained by hunting, fishing, and gathering the region’s diverse plant life. To help residents document past and current conditions across the delta—and use that information to anticipate and adapt to future changes—a group of scientists from government agencies and universities collaborated with community members from four indigenous communities. In the winter and spring of 2014, researchers and community members gathered observations in a project called Strategic Needs of Water on the Yukon (SNOWY).

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, Community Resilience, Social Equity, Assessment and Planning Western Alaska Link