Trainings & Events

2020 Webinars

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Overview for BIA - RFP2020 [pdf]

Resources: News Articles:
FAQs for Tribal Resilience Program RFP2020 [pdf]

Webinar Video:

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Rachael Novak, Tribal Resilience Coordinator
Alyssa Samoy, Natural Resources Specialist
Tribal (Shell)Fish Hatcheries and Climate Change Adaptation [pdf]

Micmac Farms Healthy Fish and Produce [pdf]

A Place For Fish To Grow [pdf]

Webinar Video:

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Jacob Pelkey, Marketing Manager, Micmac Farms
Chelsea Kovalcsik, IGAP Regional Environmental Coordinator, Chugach Regional Resources Commission
Becky Johnson, Production Divisions Manager, Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries Production Divison
Climate Change and Mental Health Impacts
This three-part webinar series is hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ (ITEP) Tribes & Climate Change Program in collaboration with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA). As many communities, individuals, and families are sheltering in place during this time of the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot ignore that climate change continues to impact us all. For some, climate change may cause stress and anxiety, affecting overall mental health. Tribal communities are especially vulnerable to mental health impacts due to extreme weather events as tribes rely on the land and water for subsistence, ceremonies, and cultural practices. ( For tribes, cultural resilience may be useful in overcoming these challenges. Cultural resilience considers how one’s cultural background (i.e. culture, cultural values, language, customs, practices) helps individuals and communities overcome adversity. For example, for tribal communities, cultural resilience may consist of prayer, access and use of medicinal plants, and language revitalization to maintain overall well-being.
Webinar: Addressing Mental Health Impacts due to Climate Change
Addressing Mental Health Impacts due to Climate Change
During this webinar, Dr. Begay discussed how maladaptive behaviors (such as substance abuse or violence) may arise from cultural-historical circumstances (such as colonialism and intergeneration trauma) that are coupled with psychosocial stress, and how cultural resiliency may be useful in addressing these behaviors.

Presenter: Dr. Tommy K. Begay, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arizona

Presentation: Coming soon!
Recording: Click HERE for video.
Indigenous Framework Approach as a Tool for Cultural Resiliency
During this webinar, Madison and Eric discussed how an Indigenous Framework Approach (IFA) can broaden the Public Health lens and diversify conversations around mental, physical, and environmental health by integrating Indigenous Knowledge and ways of knowing. This approach includes a set of principles to navigate conversations with Tribes about the impacts of colonization and historical trauma to work towards decolonization and cultural resilience practices within their communities.

Presenter: Madison Fulton and Eric Hardy, Health Promotion Specialists, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

Presentation: Cultural Resilience: An Indigenous Framework Approach
Recording: Click HERE for video.
Programs to Help Support Tribal Mental Health and Cultural Resiliency
During this webinar, Jonathan Yellowhair and Desirae Mack discussed their respective programs that provide trainings and technical assistance for Tribal communities to build capacity and support for addressing Tribal mental health and cultural resiliency.

  • Jonathan Yellowhair, Substance Abuse Counselor/Psychotherapist, Native Americans for Community Action, Inc.
  • Desirae Mack, Senior Program Manager, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Tribal Capacity and Training Program

Presentations: Recording: Click HERE for video.
This webinar is the first in a five-year series that the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program will be hosting in collaboration with the University of Colorado-Boulder, on a National Science Foundation Navigating the New Arctic project, The Sensitivity of Alaskan and Yukon Rivers, Fish, and Communities to Climate. The webinar series will provide regular updates on project progress and opportunities for Indigenous community members and organizations in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, Canada to interact with the Project Team, inform the team about their interests and priorities and provide input into research decisions, output, and analysis. During this first webinar, we will introduce the project and how it came about, discuss opportunities to participate, and provide information on the Native Advisory Council structure and application process.
Webinar: Navigating the New Arctic: The Sensitivity of Alaskan & Yukon Rivers, Fish, & Communities to Climate
Introduction to the Project and Native Advisory Council Application Process
During this first webinar, the presenters introduced the project, discussed opportunities to participate in the project, and provided information on the Native Advisory Council structure and application process.

  • Keith Musselman, Principle Investigator, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Nicole Herman-Mercer, Co-Principle Investigator, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Karen Cozzetto, Co-manager, ITEP's Tribes & Climate Change Program

Presentation: The Sensitivity of Alaskan and Yukon Rivers, Fish, and Communities to Climate
Recording: Click HERE for video.
Presentation by Jason John [pdf]
Presentation by Nora McDowell [pdf]

Webinar Video:

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Nora McDowell, Project Manager, Topock Remediation, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
Jason John, Director, Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources
Daryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation
Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the ability to relate and work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and goes beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness. In culturally diverse situations, CQ predicts:

  • Personal Adjustment and Adaptability
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Negotiation Effectiveness
  • Trust, Idea Sharing, and Innovation
  • Leadership Effectiveness
  • Profitability and Cost-Savings

Please see the recordings below to learn more about cultural intelligence and how it can be used as a tool to enhance working relationships between tribes and supporting agencies to bolster the climate adaption planning process.

Presenter Bio: James Rattling Leaf, Sr. is a Certified Level 1 and Level 2 Associate Trainer in Cultural Intelligence. He serves as a primary resource to federal Government, higher education Institutions and non-profits in developing, maintaining positive on-going working relationships with federally and non-federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal college and universities and tribal communities. He serves as a liaison by providing leadership for the development and implementation of tribal government relationship strategies and action items. He utilizes all forms of communication skills to inform, explain, recommend, and analyze actions pertaining to tribal issues and implications through on-going communications with local, regional level tribes, organizations and communities located throughout the United States.
Incorporating Cultural Intelligence to Develop Effective Climate Adaptation Planning [pdf]

Webinar Video:

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James Rattling Leaf, Sr., Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Consultant to Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

For more information please contact:
Nikki Cooley, Co-Director
Karen Cozzetto, Co-Manager