A quarterly call to share information about programs and resources to support Alaskan tribes in responding to the changing climate. Co-hosted by EPA R10’s Tribal Trust and Assistance Unit and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.
This call featured presentations by Nikki Cooley, ITEP’s climate change program’s co-manager, introducing some of the Climate tools developed by ITEP for Tribes and Michelle Davis, EPA Tribal Coordinator, discussed how to build climate activities into GAP workplans. Ms. Cooley discussed readily available tools and resources such as ITEP’s tribal climate change monthly newsletter, fact sheets, funding opportunity page, and adaptation planning toolkit.
Michelle highlighted sections in the GAP guidance that support Tribal planning for our changing climate, and shared examples of tribal adaptation plans that may serve as models.
This webinar for tribes and 638 eligible tribal organizations and tribal colleges will highlight the funding process for the Bureau of Indian Affair’s (BIA)
tribal climate resilience award categories announced March 23, 2016: climate adaptation, ocean and coastal planning, youth internships, and capacity building. The webinar is being offered by
the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University. Presenters, Sean Hart, BIA Climate Change Coordinator, and Rachael
Novak, BIA Climate Science Coordinator will provide a short overview and answer live general questions about the scope of the categories: climate adaptation, ocean and coastal planning, and
youth internships, the review process, and the past history of awards.
Nina Flagler Hall and LuAnn Dahlman: Nina and LuAnn are co-managing editors of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit (
toolkit.climate.gov). The Toolkit was developed to help the
nation prepare for climate-related changes and impacts. The website is a federal interagency effort, with NOAA leading site
development and hosting. Major new content for Tribal Nations and the Arctic was announced in September 2015. The Toolkit
features Climate Explorer, offering interactive visualizations for exploring maps and data related to the Toolkit’s Taking
Action case studies. https://toolkit.climate.gov/
Kathy Lynn: Kathy is with the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program, where she coordinates the Tribal Climate
Change Project (http://tribalclimate.uoregon.edu/),
a collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. Kathy will be presenting the Online Tribal
Climate Change Guide, with information for tribes on climate change funding opportunities, tribal climate change adaptation
plans and climate tools, links to recent literature on tribal climate change issues, and most recently, a listing of regional
and national climate scientists and climate programs to help tribes identify possible partnerships. More information about the
Guide is available here: http://tribalclimateguide.uoregon.edu/
Tami Fordham: Tami currently serves as the Deputy Director of the US EPA’s Alaska Operations Office. Tami will be introducing
Alaskan Voices on Climate, a new project to collect and disseminate videos from Alaskans that demonstrate the impacts of a
changing climate. EPA invites Alaskans from all walks of life to submit videos, filmed in Alaska, on how changes in climate are
affecting Alaskan communities; how those changes have made a difference in the way Alaskans live, work, or play; and what lessons
they can share about becoming more resilient that would help other communities.
BIA’s Climate Change Competitive Award Process Overview
These webinars for tribes and 638 eligible tribal organizations (including tribal colleges) will highlight the funding process for the Bureau of Indian Affair’s (BIA) award categories: climate adaptation,
ocean and coastal planning, and youth internships. The webinars are being offered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University.
BIA expects that the Notification of Available Funding announcement will be out, and due to restrictions of competitive funding, the speakers will only be able to take written questions which will be posted on the BIA website.
NOTE: The BIA Notification of Available Funding announcement is not yet available so the webinar will be similar to the October 20th webinar.
Recording: Click HERE for video.
The speakers will answer live general questions about the scope of the categories: climate adaptation, ocean and coastal planning, and youth internships, the review process, and the past history
of awards. Presenters: Sean Hart, BIA Climate Change Coordinator, and Rachael Novak, BIA Climate Science Coordinator.
Presentation: [PDF format]
Webinar: Alaska Tribal Climate Change – August 25, 2015
Hal Shepard is the Principal of Water Policy Consulting, LLC, Alaska and has been working with The Native Village
of Elim’s Tribal Council on various water resource management and climate change adaption planning projects focused
on the Norton Bay Watershed. He will discuss how tribes can develop a program for management and protection of water
resources that will help them respond to potential climate impacts.
Presentation: [PDF format]
Charles Peele is the Technology and E-Outreach Manager for Three Stars of Alaska. He will discuss the application
process for Administration for Native American’s grants, with a focus on the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement
Presentation: [PDF format]
Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series: LEO Network; Extreme Weather Events; Human Health; Fish and Wildlife
This series of four webinars will introduce the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) network, discuss extreme weather events, and delve into the
impacts of climate change on human health and fish and wildlife. The webinars are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental
Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
With the growing importance of climate change, it is important that communities have the capacity to monitor, respond, and adapt to
new impacts. Developing effective systems for accessing locally relevant information is part of the challenge. The Local Environmental
Observer (LEO) Network provides a model for engaging communities and connecting with technical experts and resources. It also informs
about specific events and the impacts, needs, and responses. LEO is comprised of local experts who collect observations about unusual
environmental events. The LEOs are the eyes, ears and voice of environmental change in their communities.
Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, threatens our health and well-being in many ways. This
webinar will provide an overview of climate-related health impacts facing tribes and indigenous peoples in the United States, drawing
mainly from the results of the Third National Climate Assessment. This
webinar will also present work by EPA to compile a set of key indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change into a
report entitled: Climate Change Indicators in the United States.
The presentation will focus on climate-related health indicators and how the report highlights the far-reaching significance of these
changes and their possible consequences for people, the environment, and society.
The presentation will review known variability in extreme weather such as excessive heat, cold waves, floods, droughts, hurricanes,
severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Projections and uncertainties of how these hazards might change due to global warming will be
The Earth’s climate is changing. In some places such as the Arctic, the change is rapid and profound, while in other areas change has
been less dramatic and more gradual. But virtually everywhere, climate change has – and will continue to – impact fish, wildlife, and
plants and the habitats upon which they depend through effects on species’ distribution and abundance, community composition,
productivity, timing of life history events, and other biological and ecological characteristics. Some species are even threatened
with extinction. Not only are fish, wildlife, and plants inherently worthy of conservation, they provide valuable ecosystem services
– including jobs, food, clean water, storm protection, carbon sequestration, health benefits and many others – that support people,
communities and economies across the nation every day. Climate change impacts are expected to increase with continued changes in the
planet’s climate system. Action is needed now to help safeguard fish, wildlife, and plants and the communities and economies that
depend on them.
Kate Morse, Program Director, Copper River Watershed Project
Kate has lived and worked in the Copper River region for over 12 years, working with diverse partners to implement environmental education and fish habitat restoration and monitoring programs. Starting in 2013 she worked with many partners to develop and implement Salmon Blitz, a citizen science program that engages volunteers of all ages in salmon habitat assessments in local streams to generate data for the State of Alaska’s Anadromous Waters Catalog.
Sean Hart, National Climate Change Coordinator, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Sean is responsible for Bureau and tribal support for climate change adaptation, including the tribal adaptation funding program and the ocean & coastal funding opportunity. He will discuss the BIA’s newest grant opportunity, the Tribal Climate Resilience Program, that has over 8 million dollars to fund projects that promote tribal climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. (Applications are due by April 24th, 2015).
Pacific Northwest Series: Tribal Case Studies and Available Resources
This webinar series highlights tribes and tribal organizations that have been addressing climate change impacts through conducting assessments
and developing and implementing adaptation strategies. It also provides an overview of funding and technical resources that are available both
regionally and nationally. The webinars are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona
University with support from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS), and in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest
Tribal Climate Change Project at the University of Oregon, the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC), and PNWRS.
Presenter: Oliver Grah, Water Resources Manager, Nooksack Indian Tribe
Description: The Nooksack Indian Tribe is located in northwest Washington State approximately 12 miles east of Bellingham, WA, and
10 miles south of the International Boundary with British Columbia, Canada, and occurs in the Nooksack River watershed, which heads
in the glaciated North Cascades. Legacy impacts from forest practices and recent climate change have stressed nine species/populations
of Pacific salmonid species that the Tribe relies on. The Nooksack River suffers from excessive temperatures and low flows during the
late summer and increased sedimentation due to land uses. Continued climate change will cause the loss of many glaciers in the
headwaters of the Nooksack River, adverse alteration the river’s hydrology, increased temperatures, altered sediment dynamics,
reduced suitable physical habitat for fish, and further stress the fish that the Tribe relies on. The Tribe has commenced a large
climate change project that addresses glacier ablation, altered river hydrology, changes in sediment dynamics, and increasing stream
temperatures. A climate change impacts analysis, vulnerability assessment, and an adaptation plan for salmon habitat restoration are
Webinar: Tribal Landscape Conservation Case Studies
Part 1 – Implementing Ecosystem-based Management in the Central Coast of British Columbia: Heiltsuk Participation in the Strategic
Landscape Reserve Design (SLRD) Process
Description: On behalf of the Heiltsuk Nation, I will present an overview of the project Implementing Ecosystem-based Management in
the Central Coast of British Columbia: Heiltsuk Participation in the Strategic Landscape Reserve Design (SLRD) Process. The project
incorporates Heiltsuk traditional knowledge and values into ecosystem-based management planning in temperate rainforests that comprise
Heiltsuk territorial lands in western Canada. For the project we drew on the Heiltsuk Traditional Use Studies (HTUS), which identify
harvesting and other types of cultural sites important to Heiltsuk well-being. Heiltsuk members visited HTUS sites and collected
spatial and photographic evidence so that culturally important sites and forest resources could be buffered from resource development
activities. The results locate areas for landscape conservation and maintain low ecological risk on the coast while incorporating
cultural sites, biodiversity and fisheries values.
Part 2 – Berry risk mapping and modeling of native and exotic defoliators in Alaska
Description: Beginning in 2008, an outbreak of native Geometrid (Geometridae) moths caused widespread defoliation of salmonberry and
blueberry plants in many Native communities in the Chugach Region, resulting in major berry failures and resource loss. The outbreak
was particularly severe in Port Graham, Nanwalek, and Seldovia. In Seldovia, a tribal for-profit enterprise based on blueberries was
placed in jeopardy because of successive failure of their blueberry crops. This outbreak continued through 2012 when Geometrid populations
began to decline only to be replaced by an exotic leaf roller (Epinotia solandriana). Although this is the first known Geometrid outbreak
in Alaska, in other areas of the world where these same species of moth are native outbreaks return on cycles of approximately 10 years.
This cycle of outbreaks is so regular that Geometrids are used in entomology textbooks as an example of cyclical insects. Hence, we expect
that we will see outbreaks of the Geometrid moths in the future. To prepare for future Geometrid outbreaks we are developing methods to
assess the vulnerability of our subsistence berries to damaging insects, and tools to help us prepare for future impacts. We are currently
developing computer models that will identify areas of potential high quality berry habitat, we intend to use silvicultural treatments to
improve berry habitat in these areas to develop healthy and resilient berry patches that can resist or recover from future geometrid
outbreaks. Authors: Nathan Lojewski, Chugachmiut, Anchorage AK; Robin Reich, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO; and and John
Lundquist, USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Anchorage AK.
Part 1 – Climate Change Impacts on Columbia River Treaty Tribe’s Resources
Presenters: David Graves, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), and Bob Heinith, technical consultant for CRITFC
Description: The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) assists its member tribes (Nez Perce, Yakama, Warm Springs and
Umatilla) in efforts to establish of climate change adaptive management strategies and actions that will protect their First Foods.
This is only possible by understanding climate change impacts specific to tribal ceded areas and larger ecosystems and habitats in
which First Foods depend upon. This requires: 1) developing quantitative and qualitative analyses including data and information
prioritization and organization through field studies, literature review and other assessments, 2) integration and enhancement of
existing assessment tools such as climate, hydrological, temperature and fish survival models, and, 3) collaboration and active
participation in the various Columbia Basin and international water management forums (i.e. Columbia River Treaty review; Pacific
Northwest Climate Cooperative). The goals of this work are to: 1) assess First Food vulnerability under the most robust downscaled,
future climate change projections and integrating ecosystem function, hydrogeneration and flood risk into these projections, and, 2)
determine adaptive management First Food vulnerability. The scope of this work ranges from the Canadian strategies to address
headwaters to the mouth of the Columbia River. The CRITFC Information System (CIS) is the primary modeling tool for this task and
outputs of this tool will be presented on the webinar. Discussion will also include results of several modeling efforts of water
temperature under future climate change scenarios in select Columbia River Basin tributaries.
Part 2 – Adaptation of Salmonids to Climate Change
Presenter: Shawn Narum, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Description: Anthropogenic climate change is well documented and expected to affect biodiversity richness and distribution according to
species’ capacities for adaptation or relocation. Since many freshwater fishes have limited relocation potential, it is critical to
evaluate the potential for species and populations to adapt to warming environments. Here we discuss physiological and genetic
mechanisms for thermal adaptation in salmon and trout in the Pacific Northwest using redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) as a case
study. This species is widely distributed in the interior Columbia River drainage and is typically found in cool montane streams, but
it also occupies desert streams where water temperatures can greatly exceed thermal preferences (>30° C). Studies indicate that
redband trout have evolved over generations to desert stream environments through an adaptive heat shock response that conserves
energy and increased heart rate to deliver more oxygen to tissues. These genetic and physiological indicators are being developed as
biomarkers for broad-scale evaluation of redband trout in the Pacific Northwest in order to predict which populations are most likely
to adapt over time or be extirpated under scenarios of climate change.
Presenters: Kathy Lynn, Project Coordinator, Tribal Climate Change Project, Environmental Studies Program, University of Oregon, and
Sue Wotkyns, Climate Change Program Manager, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of funding and technical resources available to tribes to support their climate
change adaptation planning and implementation initiatives. It will include resources specific to tribes in the Pacific Northwest, as
well as other resources. This presentation will highlight existing guides for climate change assessments and planning, as well as
current grants related to funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Climate Change Impacts, Traditional Knowledge, and Communication
This series of four webinars will discuss impacts of climate change on tribal water resources and traditional foods, the role of
traditional knowledge in climate change initiatives, and communicating about climate change. The webinars are being offered by the
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University with support from the U.S. Environmental
Webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Traditional Foods
June 5, 2014, 10:00-11:15 a.m. PDT
Climate change is impacting a whole host of tribal natural resources, including traditional foods. Learn about some of the strategies
that tribes are utilizing to protect these precious resources. During this webinar, presenters will discuss climate impacts on
traditional foods as well as adaptation techniques that have been adopted.
Webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Tribal Water Resources
June 9, 2014, 10:00-11:15 a.m. PDT
This talk will provide an overview of climate change impacts on tribal water resources and the subsequent cascading effects on the
livelihoods and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN). The presenters will first give a brief description of some
climate, hydrologic, and ecosystem changes that are occurring or may occur. They will then describe some tribe-specific vulnerability
and adaptive capacity factors that interact with climate changes to create or lessen impacts. These include socioeconomic, political,
infrastructural, environmental, spiritual and cultural factors. Next we’ll describe five broad impacts categories that are being
experienced by many AIAN and provide examples of impacts. We’ll finish off with examples of some solutions that tribes and tribal
organizations around the country are implementing to increase climate change resilience.
Webinar: The Role of Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives
June 16, 2014, 10:00-11:15 a.m. PDT
The significance and role of traditional knowledges is being explored among indigenous groups, and within many regional and national
climate change initiatives. This webinar will explore the ways in which indigenous traditional knowledges may inform understanding how
climate change is impacting indigenous cultural resources and life ways, and help lead to culturally-relevant adaptation strategies. The
webinar will also examine the critical need for indigenous peoples and non-indigenous entities to understand what may be at risk when
traditional knowledges are shared in non-indigenous forums, and what is needed to ensure that traditional knowledges are only shared with
the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of indigenous governments and knowledge holders. Recognizing and obtaining FPIC can help bolster
successful collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous partners through equitable relationships, reduced disputes through mutual
understanding of roles and responsibilities and lead to culturally appropriate adaptation strategies. The webinar will also share the
experiences of the Yurok Tribe in utilizing traditional ecological knowledge to inform climate change priorities.
Webinar: Communicating about Climate Change – From Impacts to Solutions
June 23, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PDT
Americans are waking up to the reality of extreme weather events and are beginning to connect the dots to climate disruption. Effectively
engaging the public as partners in addressing the challenge requires emphasizing local, current and personally relevant impacts and
bridging to solutions. Join environmental communications expert Cara Pike and Executive Director of Climate Access, for a discussion of
the latest trends in public opinion polling, how to frame the climate conversation, and best practices in climate engagement.
October 22, 2014 — Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
Erosion is seen throughout the State of Alaska. This webinar featured Ruth Carter and Sally Russell-Cox from the State of Alaska sharing
potential new erosion responses and new resources that may provide useful information to communities affected by erosion.
Soft Designs for a Harsh Climate: Trends in Coastal Engineering
Presented by Ruth Carter, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
» Presentation/Slides [pdf format]
Understanding and Evaluating Erosion Problems
Presented by Sally Russell Cox, Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs (DCRA)
» Presentation/Slides [pdf format]
Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series: Climate Change Impacts in the Pacific Northwest
This series of four webinars will discuss impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and implications
of these impacts for tribes. The topic areas include marine issues, fisheries, forests, and invasive species and pests. The webinars
are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University with support from the
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS), and in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change
Project at the University of Oregon, the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and PNWRS. NOTE: Each webinar is limited to
Webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries April 24, 2014, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. PDT
This webinar will provide highlights of current science about climate change impacts on fisheries in the Pacific Northwest, and a
discussion of the implications of these impacts for tribes.
Webinar: Climate Change and Marine Issues May 21, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PDT
This webinar will provide highlights of current science about climate change and sea level rise, ocean acidification, and effects of
rising water temperature on disease processes, and a discussion of the implications of these impacts for tribes.
Webinar: Climate Change and Invasive Species and Pests May 27, 2014 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. PDT
This webinar will provide highlights of current science about climate change and invasive species and pests in forest ecosystems and in
freshwater ecosystems in the Pacific.
Webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Forests June 4, 2014, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. PDT
This webinar will provide highlights of current science about climate change impacts on forests in the Pacific Northwest, and a discussion
of the implications of these impacts for tribes.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014—Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
The DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)
Presented by John Mankowski, Coordinator, North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Protecting North America’s natural and cultural resources and landscapes is essential to sustaining our quality of life and our economy.
The US Department of Interior established 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), which are public-private partnerships composed
of states, tribes, federal agencies, non governmental organizations, universities and others. LCCs recognize that managing these natural
and cultural resources and landscapes has become increasingly complex, transcends political and jurisdictional boundaries, and requires
a more networked approach to conservation— holistic, collaborative, adaptive and grounded in science.
John Mankowski, Coordinator of the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, will provide an overview of the LCCs and how tribes
can be involved in these partnerships. He will also discuss the goals of the North Pacific LCC, which includes parts of northern California,
Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and southeast Alaska. John Mankowski has been immersed in natural resource policy issues in the Pacific
Northwest for the past 25 years. Prior to accepting this position he served for 5 years as Governor Gregoire’s principle advisor on natural
resources and environmental issues. His portfolio included fish and wildlife conservation; agriculture production and conservation; forest
policy on federal, state and private lands; outdoor recreation; renewable energy development; water quality; growth management; and tribal
engagement. Before working for the Governor, John worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for 20 years in a biologist,
manager, and environmental policy expert He also served in a variety of science and management positions for state and federal natural resource
agencies in Idaho, Alaska and Arizona before moving to Washington.
» North Pacific LCC: http://www.northpacificlcc.org/
» National LCC Network: http://lccnetwork.org/
» Click HERE for
this presentation. [pdf]
Utilizing Yurok traditional ecological knowledge to inform climate change priorities
Presented by Joe Hostler, Environmental Protection Specialist with the Yurok Tribe Environmental Program
The Yurok Tribe located in NW California, has conducted a two phase study on Climate change impacts on Yurok Ancestral and Reservation
Lands and resources, specific to impacts on wildlife and habitats that support culturally significant species. The first phase was the
collection and documentation of TEK through community scoping and structured interviews that were recorded, transcribed, and entered into
a GIS (mapped). The second phase consisted of analyzing the data collected in order to identify scientific information needs, data gaps
and priority resources of concern specific to Climate change impacts that will be summarized in a final report to inform future funding,
management and research efforts.
Joe Hostler, Environmental Protection Specialist, for the Yurok Tribe will discuss the process the Tribe used to document tribal traditional
knowledge and what they learned during this project. He will describe this project from its beginnings as a partnership with the NPLCC, to
how they designed the interview questions, and the process of documenting TEK while protecting confidentiality and intellectual property
rights of the community and project participants. He will share lessons learned during this project that may be useful to others working to
protect and preserve tribal traditional knowledge and wisdom.
Joe Hostler is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Yurok Tribe Environmental Program. He is an enrolled member of the Confederated
Tribes of Grand Ronde and has a B.S. in Tribal Natural Resource Management Planning and Policy from Humboldt State University. He is an eager
student of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and takes great pride in learning TEK from Tribal Elders and sharing this knowledge with Tribal
ALASKA TRIBAL CLIMATE CHANGE WEBINAR
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 10-11:30 a.m. Alaska time:
Climate Change Impacts to First Foods
Presented by Cheryl Shippentower, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Cheryl Shippentower is the Plant Ecologist
at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Department of Natural Resources. She has worked for the Umatilla
Tribe since 1995. Her primary responsibility is the protection, enhancement, and ecological restoration of "First Foods"
and native plant resources that are critical to Tribal culture. Cheryl received a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from Oregon State
University and a restoration ecology certificate from the University of Idaho.
How do GAP funds contribute to developing a climate change program?
Presented by Michelle V. Davis, US EPA Tribal Coordinator. Michelle Davis is one of the Tribal Coordinators with the US EPA Region 10.
She works with Alaskan Tribes in SouthEast and Prince William Sound and is a point of contact for Tribal Climate Change issues in
Region 10 EPA. Before EPA, she was the Alaska Regional Coordinator for the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society. Michelle is an
enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and is from the Tlingit Eagle Moiety and Killer
Whale House and lives in Wasilla, Alaska.
November 6, 2013—Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
BIA’s Climate Change Adaptation Grants for Tribes:
Sean Hart, the BIA’s Climate Change Coordinator will join us to give information about the BIA’s Climate Change Adaptation grants.
Proposals will be due November 29, 2013. The President’s 2013 Climate Action Plan committed federal support for tribes as they address
climate change impacts. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has up to $600,000 available in fiscal year 2013/2014 available for competitive
grants for tribal adaptation, training, and tribal travel support to participate in technical training, workshops, forums and
Adapting Region 10 Programs to Climate Change: How we are implementing the science and Executive orders.
Michael Cox will discuss the President’s Climate Action Plan, the findings from the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
report and its relevancy to Alaska, EPA activities in Alaska related to climate change, and discuss how to better engage with tribes.
He is currently the climate change advisor for EPA's Region 10 in Seattle. His main tasks are to help EPA programs integrate climate
change into how they do their work and coordinate efforts with EPA partners. Michael has over 25 years of environmental experience with
EPA, UNICEF, National Wildlife Federation, and the City of Seattle. His past work included working on issues related to toxics in the
Columbia River, toxics and nutrients in Puget Sound, and nitrate contamination in groundwater and drinking water in Yakima County.
Presentation: Climate Change Presentation Alaska [pdf]
Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series: Climate Change, Its Impacts, and Climate Change Outreach and Education
This series of four webinars will provide basic information about climate change, its impacts on tribes in the United States, and outreach
and education material and resources that tribes can use with their communities to increase their awareness and understanding of climate
change. The webinars are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University with support
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Webinar 1: Climate Change-What it is and why it's important
Thursday, June 13, 2013—10:00-11:15 am Pacific
Maybe you’ve been hearing a lot about climate change, adaptation and mitigation, but you don’t feel like you know the basics. This presentation
will review climate change terminology and go over the basics of climate change and why climate change is an important issue for everyone--
think "Climate Change 101." Presenter: Zack Guido, Associate Staff Scientist, Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS),
University of Arizona
» Click HERE for
this presentation. [pdf]
Webinar 2: Indicators of Climate Change
Tuesday, June 18, 2013—10:00-11:15 am Pacific
One way to track and communicate the causes and effects of climate change is through the use of indicators. An indicator, such as a record of sea ice extent, represents the state or trend of certain environmental conditions over a given area and a specified time period. This presentation will provide an overview of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012 report, which presents a set of 26 indicators tracking observed signs of climate change in the United States. Presenter: Lesley Jantarasami and Mike Kolian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation, Climate Change Division
» Click HERE for
this presentation. [pdf]
» Click HERE to view the video on YouTube (low resolution, small file size).
» Click HERE to view the video in avi format (high resolution, large file size).
Webinar 3: Climate Change Impacts on Tribes
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:00-12:15 pm Pacific
Climate change is and will impact the peoples, lands and resources of indigenous communities. This presentation will provide an overview of
climate change impacts and vulnerabilities of tribes in the United States. It will draw on the findings from the draft 2013 National Climate
Assessment's (NCA) chapter on tribes, Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal, Indigenous, and Native Lands and Resources. The draft 2013 NCA has
been going through the review process and is available at:
http://ncadac.globalchange.gov/; the final report is expected to be
available by early 2014. The co-presenters are members of the tribal chapter's author team. Co-Presenters: Bull Bennett, President, Kiksapa
Consulting; Nancy Maynard, Emeritus Scientist, NASA; Patricia Cochran, Executive Director, Alaska Native Science Commission; Kathy Lynn,
Project Coordinator, PNW Tribal Climate Change Project, University of Oregon; and Sue Wotkyns, Climate Change Program Manager, Institute for
Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University
» Click HERE for
this presentation. [pdf]
Webinar 4: Climate Change Outreach and Education
Friday, July 12, 2013—11:00 am-12:15 pm Pacific
Does your tribal community have little knowledge and understanding of climate change and its impacts? Are you trying to increase their awareness
about climate change and ways to address it, such as mitigation and adaptation? This presentation will provide information about outreach and
education material and resources that tribes can use in engaging their tribal community about climate change. It will include examples from the
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Environmental Education and Outreach Program. Presenter: Mansel Nelson, Program Coordinator,
Environmental Education and Outreach Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University
» Click HERE for
this presentation. [ppt]
Tuesday, March 12, 2013—Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
Sustainable Energy Opportunities: Best Practices for Alaska Tribes
This presentation will provide an overview of a renewable energy development resource guide for rural Alaska tribal communities. The guide
provides a basic introduction to six major renewable energy sources, plus efficiency, describes their development and use, provides contacts
and resources for more research as well as case studies, if any exist, where implementation of each project has proven effective. Finally,
it has a short section on possible funding resources. Aiden’s presentation will provide an overview of the guide. Presented by Aiden Irish,
student at the University of Portland. Aiden served as a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship intern with US EPA last summer during
which he compiled the guide. The guide is available at:
Presentation/Slides: Sustainable Energy Opportunities [pdf]
Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (AK-START) Funding Opportunity
AK-START is a program of the US Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy, with additional support from the Denali Commission. The Program
provides technical assistance to federally recognized Alaska Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations to develop and implement energy plans and
projects for community and economic development. Application deadline is March 15. The technical assistance award also allows for additional
consideration of energy-related equipment and associated costs up to $250,000. Presented by Brian Hirsch, Senior Project Leader, US Dept. of
Energy - Alaska, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
START Program Opportunities: http://energy.gov/indianenergy/resources/start-program
Presentation/Slides: Introduction to the Office and START Programs [pdf]
November 15, 2012—Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide
Impacts from climate change, such as ocean acidification, sea level rise and species migration, may disproportionately affect
American Indian and Alaska Native tribal culture and subsistence practice. Despite the growing awareness of climate change,
funding to plan for and respond to climate change is extremely limited. It is important, then, to identify federal, state and
non-governmental funding sources that may assist tribes in addressing climate change. The Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide
describes funding resources that are directly related to climate change or can be used indirectly for adaptation efforts. The
Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project at the University of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency, Region
10 Tribal Program Office developed this guide collaboratively. Presented by Kathy Lynn, University of Oregon.
» Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide: envs.uoregon.edu/tribal-climate/
» Guide for Tribal Leaders on U.S. Climate Change Programs: http://tribalclimate.uoregon.edu/
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ITEP's Climate Change Trainings and Resources for Tribes
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University provides tribes throughout the U.S. with
training and assistance to build their capacity to manage their environmental resources. Sue Wotkyns, ITEP's Climate Change
Program Manager, will provide an overview of the climate change trainings and informational resources that ITEP has developed
for tribes over the last several years.
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June 20, 2012—Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
Waste Erosion Assessment and Review (WEAR) Project
Coastal and river erosion has the potential to cause hazardous substances and garbage from Alaska's eroding landfills, closed
dump sites, and contaminated sites to be released into the ocean and the state's rivers, jeopardizing Alaska's waters, fish and
wildlife. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has begun a four-year $1.4 million project to inventory and
prioritize those sites, and generate action plans to mitigate the impacts of erosion. Presented by Rebecca Colvin, State of
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ArcSEES--Arctic Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability
ArcSEES is an interagency, international, and interdisciplinary program designed to stimulate research and capacity building
focused on the sustainability of the Arctic human-environmental-built system. A joint solicitation will support research projects
that contribute to our understanding of the resiliency, predictability, and sustainability of the Arctic. Presented by Erica Key,
Program Director, Arctic Observing Network, Anna Kerttula de Echave, Program Director, Arctic Social Science Program, and Nikoosh
Carlo, AAAS Fellow, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation.
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May 15 and May 17, 2012
Start Time (for both sessions): 8 am Hawaii,10 am AK, 11 am PDT, 12 pm MDT,1 pm CDT, 2 pm EDT
The National Climate Assessment: An Update on the Tribal Chapter
Tribal organizations and other groups throughout the U.S. have been collaborating to write a chapter on tribes that will be part
of the 2013 National Climate Assessment (NCA). This presentation will provide an overview of a preliminary draft of the chapter.
The draft will be made available for a very short informal review period before it is submitted on June 1 to the National Climate
Assessment Development and Advisory Committee to begin a more formal review process. Presented by Dr. Bull Bennett, Kiksapa
Consulting, LLC, and Sue Wotkyns, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.
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March 14, 2012—Alaska Tribal Climate Change Webinar
Moose Creek Fish Passage Restoration Project,
presented by Jessica Winnestaffer, Department Director, Environmental Stewardship Dept, Chickaloon Native Village
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Introduction to the Alaska Conservation Foundation and the Alaska Native Fund, presented by Anne Rothe, Director, Alaska Conservation Foundation.
December 5, 2011
Tribes and the National Climate Assessment
Bull Bennett, PhD, Kiksapa Consulting, LLC
Kiksapa Consulting, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and other tribal organizations and groups
throughout the U.S. are collaborating to create a chapter on tribes that will be part of the 2013 National Climate Assessment.
This is first time that a chapter on tribes will be included in the assessment-the chapter will provide an overview of change
impacts on tribes and current adaptation and mitigation efforts. Dr. Bull Bennett of Kiksapa Consulting, LLC, is leading the
chapter's technical input team and author team-during the webinar, he will provide information about the National Climate
Assessment, the chapter on tribes, who is involved, the timeline, and how you can provide input.