Climate Change at the Intersections: Addressing Cross-Sectoral Concerns in Indian Country

Climate Change at the Intersections: Addressing Cross-Sectoral Concerns in Indian Country

Organizer: 
Shasta Gaughen
Pala Band of Mission Indians
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 1
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

Climate change planning requires taking into account how varying adaptation needs overlap and intertwine. This is an especially keen concern in Indian Country, as Tribes develop adaptation plans that involve both environmental and cultural concerns. Tribal planning must consider how to address the intersection of multiple sectors that share overlapping dimensions of environment, community, culture, and resilience. This symposium begins with an overview of the Fourth National Climate Assessment’s chapter on Tribes and Indigenous Peoples, and is supplemented with presentations focused on planning for Indigenous agriculture, forestry, and health. The symposium will concentrate on recent research findings on climate change impacts that form the basis of sectoral climate planning, and will discuss how that research can be applied in climate change planning in Tribal communities.

Presentations

Adaptation Planning for Tribal Community Health
Shasta Gaughen, Pala Band of Mission Indians
Climate change preparedness of Tribal and Indigenous agriculture
Caitriana Steele, USDA Southwest Climate Hub
Introduction to Indigenous Climate Impacts from the Fourth National Climate Assessment
Rachael Novak, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Introduction to Indigenous Climate Impacts from the Fourth National Climate Assessment
Lesley Jantarasami, Oregon Department of Energy
“This isn’t how we’d design it”: Truth, commitment, and opportunity in forest adaptation
Christopher Swanston, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
“This isn’t how we’d design it”: Truth, commitment, and opportunity in forest adaptation
Rob Croll, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission