For thousands of years in the Great Lakes Region, Native Americans used fire intentionally to manage the ecosystems they lived in. Now there is a short film, Oshkigin: Spirit of Fire highlighting this deep, reciprocal relationship with the land and the role fire plays in that relationship. This story is told by Ojibwe Wildland firefighters, Fond du Lac elder Vern Northrup and Damon Panek. For more information, please visit: https://minnesotafac.orgContinue Reading
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is pleased to announce three upcoming virtual listening sessions focused on climate change and Tribal Nations. The Department would like to ensure that the efforts and initiatives it develops to meet these priorities are shaped and designed based on feedback and information from across Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages. These listening sessions will inform DOI-wide and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)-led efforts.Continue Reading
Join us for the first webinar of a series which will focus on the Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) report, a new report written by a working group and convened by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes & Climate Change Program. STACC seeks to uplift and honor the voices of Indigenous peoples across the U.S. to increase understanding of Tribal lifeways, cultures, and worldviews; the climate change impacts Tribes are experiencing; the solutions they are implementing; and ways that all of us can support Tribes in adapting to our changing world. Over 90 authors from different entities including the authors of 34 personal Tribal narratives contributed to the publication of the first STACC Report. It was written for diverse audiences including Tribal managers, leaders, and community members; the authors of future National Climate Assessments; federal and state agencies and decision makers; and non-governmental organizations. This first webinar will focus on introducing the Report and will give you a chance to hear from key authors of the Report.
We are pleased that our following relatives and colleagues will join us.
1) Ann Marie Chischilly, Esq., ITEP Director and Interim Vice President of the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAI) at Northern Arizona University
2) Dara Marks-Marino, WattTime, Environmental Justice Analyst, former ITEP team member and STACC Report Lead
3) Kyle Whyte, PhD – Professor of Environment & Sustainability & George Willis Pack Professor – University of Michigan and STACC Report Lead Author
4) Rachael Novak, BIA Tribal Resilience Coordinator, BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program (invited)
5) Coral Avery, Natural Resource Specialist-BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program and Tribal Youth & Climate Liaison, NW Climate Adaptation Science CenterContinue Reading
The Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report seeks to uplift and honor the voices of Indigenous peoples across the U.S. to increase understanding of Tribal lifeways, cultures, and worldviews,the climate change impacts Tribes are experiencing, the solutions they are implementing, and ways that all of us can support Tribes in adapting to the changing world.
This report was convened by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program and written by the STACC Working Group. Find out more information about the working group here.
Drs. Serra Hoagland (Laguna Pueblo) and Michel Kohl (Ft. Peck Sioux and Assinboine Nations) will discuss the value and important of wildlife management in Indian country. Information will highlight the differences between cultural, commercial, and subsistence management practices that occurs both on and off tribal lands. Tribal models of land stewardship that balance the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic needs of the community will be discussed. This presentation will also introduce participants on the incorporation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into tribal and non-tribal wildlife management practices as well as the need for tribal engagement in all natural resource management decision making.
No registration required. Join the webinar here.Continue Reading
Federal agencies have a unique political relationship with tribes as fellow sovereigns, and as current stewards of traditional homelands. This presentation will discuss that relationship, legal obligations of federal trustees, and opportunities for collaboration with Tribes across boundaries and land jurisdictions to achieve landscape scale benefits.
More than 56 million acres of land across the United States are owned and managed by Native Americans, however many natural resource professionals are unaware of the unique history, legal status, and management of these lands. Join this webinar series to learn more about the history of native lands and their management from tribal legal obligations and treaties to wildlife, fisheries, forestry and fire management on native lands. The goal of this webinar series is to inform forestry and natural resource professionals of the full scope of land management approaches used by Native Americans across the country. In addition, information from this series will provide the audience a better understanding of some of the complex history and policy challenges that also influence tribal land management both on and off reservation lands.
No registration is required. Join the webinar here.
More than 56 million acres of land across the United States are owned and managed by Native Americans, however, many natural resource professionals are unaware of the unique history, legal status, and management of these lands. This webinar is first in a six-part series providing insights on the history of native lands and their management ranging from treaties to wildlife, fisheries, forestry, fire management and more.
There are 574 federally recognized Tribes in the United States as of 2020, however, they are often lumped together ignoring their uniqueness.
The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society has worked with Native American and Alaska Native Tribes and Tribal natural resource professionals since the early 1980s. This webinar will discuss the diversity of Tribal natural resource programs and the challenges and successes this presents.