Climate Summit Planning Team



Seeking Letters of Interest (LOI) from folks to assist with the planning process for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) 2024 National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit.

Scope of Services

ATNI is soliciting LOIs from Tribal citizens and partners to assist with the planning of the event. This will include participating in the planning of ATNI’s National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit to be held in spring 2024, researching potential speakers, commenting on written materials, and participating in the event.

Project Description

The 2024 National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit (“2024 Summit”) will convene Tribal Leaders and staff from Tribal Nations from throughout the Nation and include representatives from First Nations and Indigenous communities. Our goal is to elevate knowledge, experiences, research, values, and priorities related to Tribal climate resilience. The Summit will include nationally renowned plenary speakers, tribal leaders, tribal climate experts, tribal collaborators, invited guests, and more. Educating, training, and engaging leaders, staff, and communities on climate-related topics of interest to Tribal Nations in the United States.

The goals of the 2024 Summit will be defined through the planning process, but may include:

  1. Ensuring that Tribes have the information, support, capacity and resources necessary to plan for and implement Tribal Climate Resilience Projects; 
  2. Increasing Tribal awareness of opportunities and challenges faced by other Tribes in developing climate projects and when collaborating with outside partners for planning, policy development and project implementation;
  3. Improving project success by appropriately engaging and consulting with Tribes;
  4. Assessing Tribal needs, interests, and priorities related to climate adaptation and resilience, while providing listening opportunities for intertribal collaboration to move those priorities forward.

Through this process, ATNI and our planning team will design and host a 2 ½ day in-person event, similar to the previous climate summits that we have hosted. The 2024 Summit may be live-streamed, or have presentations recorded for future sharing. Tribal leaders and subject matter experts will be recruited from across the U.S. to deliver timely and relevant high impact presentations, speeches, panel discussions, break out discussions, stories, songs, and prayers in culturally appropriate and respectful ways. The 2024 Summit’s intended audience is Tribal leaders, staff, their partners, and allies. The Summit will be designed to encourage partnership building and collaboration amongst Tribal leaders and staff so that the participants will be better informed and prepared to work with ATNI and our many partners to implement change more effectively for their Tribal communities.

How to Submit an Letter of Interest

Follow the instructions in the full call for Letters of Interest.

Compensation: Compensation is available.

Deadline: November 3, 2023

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.

Questions? Contact

Scholarship Request: 2017 Tribal & First Nations Climate Summit
IMPORTANT!!! Fill out this form ONLY if you are requesting a scholarship to help pay for costs related to the conference indicated below.