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Provide guidance in developing and implementing administrative and legislative actions related to Indigenous Peoples and climate change.

Climate Change Program Overview

  • Best practices and approaches to address climate change impacts to Tribes and tribal communities
  • 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

Our Program Goals

ATNI, in partnership with the Institute for Tribal Government, established the ATNI Climate Change Project in June, 2014

  • Ensure ATNI member Tribes are engaged and aware of the federal/state/tribal climate change programs;
  • Serve as a clearing house for and coordinator of tribal and intertribal efforts;
  • Support ATNI’s participation in regional, national, and international climate policy, adaptation, and mitigation efforts
  • Support ATNI member Tribes in identifying and securing Climate Change funding to build tribal capacity

Upcoming Events

Tribal Climate Camp

May 23-28, 2021, Anchorage Alaska

In 2021, ATNI and the Chugach Regional Resources Commission are collaboratively offering the Tribal Climate Camp to support 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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2020 National Tribal Leadership Climate Change Summit

October 12-14, Seattle, WA

ATNI’s 2020 National Summit will convene leaders from Tribes and First Nations throughout the United States, Canada, and Indigenous people around the world. Participants will build on the knowledge and experiences related to climate change impacts and traditional knowledges; develop approaches that promote tribal leadership in adaptation, mitigation and resiliency programs; and foster pathways to influence climate policy. The Summit will include internationally renowned plenary speakers, participatory breakout sessions, and more.



Join us in Eugene, Oregon at the University of Oregon for a week-long leadership and education experience for tribal youth. Leadership comes in all forms, from speaking out to being an active citizen in your community. At the Changing Currents: Tribal Youth Water Summit, we will be exploring what it means to be the next generation of water leaders. The summit is intended to bring together like-minded tribal youth with a passion for water, natural resources, education and social action.

Topics and Activities include:

  • Tribal Worldview of Water: Explore Our Relationship Water
  • Other Uses of Water: Technical, Ground Water, Surface Water Business, Agriculture, and Power Generation
  • Water as Medicine
  • Legal Complexity of Water: Tribal Rights, Law, Stewardship Responsibilities, Ancestral Rights, Treaty Rights
  • Social & Environmental Justice: What’s Your Response?

Field trips to water resource sites, including water reservoirs, a wildlife refuge, and to the beautiful Oregon Coast.

The Changing Currents Program will select 20-25 tribal youth ages 15-19 years old from Pacific Northwest tribes. The participants will be exposed to university life, classroom learning, and tribal water culture. The participants will also take field trips to water resources sites. Participants will be housed at the Native American Studies section and in the Kalapuya Illahi Residence Hall. Housing and meals will be provided for the selected participants, travel costs to and from the Tribal Youth Water Summit are on your own.

Changing Currents is a program of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. The Tribal Youth Water Summit is funded by private foundations.

Applications are due June 2020

Contact: Shirod Younker (Coquille/Coos) – syounker@kanimllc.com – 503.789.6094

Traditional Knowledge

Exploring the role of traditional knowledges in respectfully and appropriately addressing contemporary environmental change

Advancing Policy

Identifying effective policy strategies to continue studying our environments and plan for a resilient future

Cultural Resources

Revealing experience on the land by discussing the shifting ranges and calendars of important resources

Becoming Resilient

Assessing vulnerability to environmental change and moving ahead with plans and adaptation actions

A Call to Community

Climate change youth academy

Tribal Climate Camp

Climate Film Academy