Climate Change on Native Lands: Opportunities for NCAR and Tribal Colleges to Work Together

All Indian tribes in the US are experiencing the impact of climate change on their lands, communities, and cultures. For many of those tribes, their tribal colleges play an important role in the process by developing next-generation leaders in a way that draws from both western and indigenous traditions.

This half-day workshop is meant to explore how NCAR, tribal colleges, and sovereign Indian nations might work together to do community-relevant research and education around climate change and adaptation.  The workshop will begin with a panel discussion with Merv Tano and Jeanne Rubin of the International Indigenous Institute for Resource Management (IIIRM) who will share insights from a series of roundtable discussions. Dan Wildcat, leader of the American Indian Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group, will then introduce the role of tribal colleges. A discussion of possibilities will follow.

Finally, several students from tribal colleges will share their research, much of it related to climate change, in an informal poster session in the FL Cafeteria Atrium. The conversation will continue, informally, over lunch.

Our hope for the workshop is to seed conversations that may result in increased collaboration between UCAR/NCAR/UCP and tribal communities, with tribal colleges leading that collaboration.

This will be held Monday, Monday, Sept 26 from 9am - noon in the FL2 auditorium. The last hour will be the poster session in the FL2 cafeteria atrium.

Will this event be webcast to the public by NCAR|UCAR?: 
Announcement Timing: 
September 22, 2011 to September 23, 2011