Welcome to Tribes & Climate Change

Earth's climate is changing as a result of human practices-that fact is no longer in dispute. Climate change is impacting people and ecosystems around the world. What does this mean for tribes and Native American communities who have for centuries relied on the bounty of the land and sea to sustain them?

On this website we provide information and resources tailored to helping Native people gain a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on their communities. Here you'll find basic climate-change information; profiles of tribes in diverse regions of the U.S., including Alaska, who are coping with climate change impacts; audio files of elders discussing the issue from traditional perspectives; and resources and contacts you can use to develop climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

As the science of climate change expands, we will continue to update and refine this website to provide the best, most-current information possible. We will also continue to gather and share tribal perspectives and strategies for dealing with climate change.

We hope this site provides you with useful information and tools to help you better understand climate change, educate others on the issue, and develop strategies for dealing with climate change in your own community. We welcome your ideas and input.

"This website is hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University. For information about ITEP, please visit our website at:

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The development of this website was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Atmospheric Programs.

Myron Ford

Myron Ford is enrolled at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, where he is a student in the Environmental Science and American Indian Studies programs. He is a member of the Yankton Nakota Tribe and the Lower Brule Lakota Tribe.

Click HERE for detailed explanation of the Four Directions Song.