News articles: 2019 Tribes and First Nations Climate Change Summit

The Tribes and First Nations Climate Summit brought together over 200 tribal leaders, staff, and tribal members, agency staff, students and practitioners to advance tribal climate change programs, strategies, policy and action by discussing current issues related to three key themes: Traditional Knowledges, Tribal Climate Resiliency, and Policy. Over 40 tribes from across the nation and Canada were in attendance. Organizers will be developing proceedings from the event in the coming weeks. Below are a few articles about the summit:

2016 Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change

2016 Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change

(Sept 14-15, 2016) partnered w/ Tulalip Tribe, hosted by Lummi

  • Best practices and approaches to address climate change impacts to Tribes and tribal communities
  • Discuss strategies to protect Tribal treaty rights and trust resources
  • Need for immediate government-government consultation on climate impacts and programs
  • Tribes must be consulted with on funding and allocation to better meet tribal needs
  • Establish a National Tribal Climate Workgroup (ATNI reps)
  • ATNI Resolution to be presented for approval Thursday

Tribal Climate Camp (TCC)

Tribal Climate Camp (TCC)

July 30 – Aug 4, 2017

University of Washington, Pack Forest Conference Center, Eatonville, Washington

*TCC is organized through a collaboration of Tribal and Non-tribal partners

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), Institute for Tribal Government (ITG), United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), and the Department of the Interior’s (USDI) Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are collaborating to offer Tribal Climate Camp (TCC) to support teams of tribal leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop tribal policy needed to address climate change impacts.

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DEC 13 – 14, 2017 | Tulalip Resort Casino Tulalip, WA


Tribes and First Nations in the Pacific Northwest have made great progress in observing and documenting environmental change on their homelands, but climate change is increasing at a pace that challenges important ways of life. So Tribes and First Nations across the region are coming together to learn from past work and to discuss how to continue climate change studies to provide the support communities need to adapt and thrive for generations to come. This summit is being led by Tribes and First Nations for Tribal leadership and their staff.

Who Should Attend? Tribal elected and appointed leaders, resource managers, health specialists, traditional elders, scientists, students and practitioners will discuss current issues along four Summit Tracks.

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