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December 2011 issue Lots of good information about upcoming events and funding opportunities!
 Tribal Climate Change Newsletter
December 2011

Welcome to ITEP's Tribal Climate Change Newsletter. This monthly newsletter provides news items, resources, announcements about funding opportunities, conferences, and training, and other information relevant to tribal climate change issues.
 ITEP's Climate Change Program News



ITEP is starting to plan the next two Climate Change Adaptation Planning courses for tribal environmental and natural resources professionals. These courses will be in 1) Green Bay, WI, June 5-7, 2012 hosted by the Oneida Tribe (focus on Great Lakes and eastern US); 2) Plains/Rockies area, late summer 2012 (location and date TBD). If you are interested in hosting the second workshop please contact Sue Wotkyns. More information is available at:
www4.nau.edu/itep/climatechange/.

The National Tribal Forum on Air Quality is scheduled for May 22-24, Tulsa, OK, and will include presentations on climate change—please consider submitting a presentation proposal. I'd be happy to talk with you about any ideas you have for a presentation, and can provide the presentation proposal form. Presentation proposal deadline: 2/1/12. More information will be available on the ITEP website soon:
www4.nau.edu/itep/air/aq_ntf.asp.

Many people participated in the December 5 webinar, Tribes and the National Climate Assessment, and had some very good questions. The presentation is now available at: www4.nau.edu/ itep/ climatechange/ tcc_webinars.asp. If you have any documents you'd like to provide as input to the 2013 NCA chapter on tribes, you can send them to me or to the contacts listed in the presentation.

-- Sue Wotkyns
About Us:
Sue Wotkyns, Climate Change Program Manager
Sue is leading the development of ITEP's Climate Change Program and coordinating ITEP's climate change efforts. Please contact her with any inquiries, suggestions or comments.
928-523-1488
Susan.Wotkyns@nau.edu

Tribal Climate Change Listserve
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www4.nau.edu/ itep/ climatechange

Tribes & Climate Change website
For more on tribes and climate change issues, visit ITEP's Tribes & Climate Change website at www4.nau.edu/tribalclimate.. The website includes profiles of tribes that are impacted by climate change, audio recordings of tribal elders offering their views on climate change, general information about climate change and its impacts, links to numerous online resources, and much more!
 Tribal Climate Change Profiles

The tribal climate change profiles featured on the Tribes & Climate Change website are intended to be a pathway to increasing knowledge among tribal and non-tribal organizations interested in learning about climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. We recently added a new tribal profile to the website that was developed by the University of Oregon and USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station as part of their Tribal Climate Change Profiles Project.
  • First Foods and Climate Change
    Indigenous populations in North America face significant threats from climate change. One area of great concern is how first foods will be impacted by climate change. Because of the vital role that first foods play in the physical, mental and spiritual health of native communities, impacts from climate change on first foods may negatively affect tribal culture and livelihood. This profile explores the challenges that indigenous peoples face in maintaining their historically important relationships with first foods in the context of climate change. The profile also outlines the impacts that climate change may have on many first foods, describes challenges facing indigenous peoples in continuing their relationship with first foods, and explore ways in which they have adapted or responded to these challenges.
    www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/tribes/tdk_firstfoods.asp
 In the News

Why Traditional Knowledge Holds the Key to Climate Change
Article by Gleb Raygorodetsky, an Adjunct Fellow with the United Nations University's Traditional Knowledge Initiative (www.unutki.org/). United Nations University, 12/13/11.
http://unu.edu/articles/global -change -sustainable -development/ why- traditional- knowledge- holds- the-key -to-climate -change

Judge Rules in Favor of Klamath Tribes in Water Rights Case
For many American Indian nations, water rights are very important and early in December a 36-year water rights dispute in Southern Oregon became the latest milestone victory for Indian country. An Administrative Law Judge in the State of Oregon's Klamath Basin Adjudication sided in the favor of the Klamath Tribes and its claims to water bodies that flow through its homeland area. © 2011 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC, 12/13/11.
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ 2011/12/ 13/judge -rules-in -favor-o f-klamath -tribes-in -water -rights -case -67387#ixzz1gdgA2OwT

Audio: SLU Professor calls for climate assistance for Alaskan villages
Delegates from nearly 200 countries met in South Africa for the United Nations Convention on climate change. St. Lawrence University professor Jon Rosales just returned from Durban; he's been advocating on behalf of villages on the Bering Strait, on the west coast of Alaska, which are the focus of his research. © 2011 North Country Public Radio, 12/9/11.
www.northcountrypublicradio.org/ news/story/ 18912/ 20111209/ slu-professor -calls-for -climate -assistance -for-alaskan- villages

Tribal College and Colorado University Partner to Provide Reservation Housing
The University of Colorado Boulder and Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota have teamed up for a two-tiered architectural enterprise. Not only will they provide hands-on learning opportunities to their respective students, they also expect to provide energy-efficient homes to tribal members of the Pine Ridge Reservation community. © 2011 Indian Country Today Media Network, LLC, 12/9/11.
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ 2011/12/ 09/tribal- college- and-colorado -university- partner- to-provide -reservation- housing- 66572#ixzz1gNT93rvL

Video: What does climate change mean for indigenous communities?
Video of Native American Environmental Leader Tom Goldtooth talking at the United Nations COP17 Climate in Durban, South Africa. 12/5/11.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFRxJFUefw8&noredirect=1

Potawatomi tribe proposes renewable energy plant: facility next to casino would utilize food waste
The Forest County Potawatomi tribe is proposing to build an $18.5 million biogas energy project adjacent to its Menomonee Valley casino. The renewable energy plan calls for construction of an anaerobic digester that would produce both electricity as well as heat that would provide hot water and heating for the casino. © 2011, Journal Sentinel Inc., 12/7/11.
www.jsonline.com/ business/ potawatomi- tribe- proposes- renewable- energy -plant- 3d3bv9i- 135217658.html

Experts: Managing Tribal Forest Helped Stop Wallow Fire at Reservation
Forest management strategies by the White Mountain Apache Tribe checked last summer's massive Wallow Fire there. A new federal government report that analyzed the Wallow Fire's impact on tribal lands supports the tribe's assessment of impacts. © Copyright Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, 12/6/11.
http://cronkitenewsonline.com/ 2011/12/ experts- decades- of-logging- treatments- helped- stop- wallow- fire- at-reservation/

Kivalina Claims Climate Change Cover-up by Energy Companies
The battle between some of the world's most powerful energy companies and Kivalina, an Alaska village that's losing ground to climate change, went to federal appeals court. Copyright © 2011 Alaska Dispatch, 11/25/11.
www.alaskadispatch.com/ article/ kivalina- claims- climate- change- cover- energy- companies
 Resources

AKSIK-Stories about Adaptation and Subsistence: Native Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change
Website serves as a video library of two native villages in Alaska-Savoonga and Shaktoolik-on the front line of climate change. It documents the impacts they are witnessing, describes their adaptation strategies, and provides alerts about their needs and their advice for our leaders. St. Lawrence University, © 2011.
http://aksik.org/

Video: Climate Change from Inuit Elders Experiences
Observations of climate change by elders from Arviat, Nunavut, with English translations. 11/23/11.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/11/video-climate-change-from-inuit-elders.html

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Resource Center (CA Dept. of Fish and Game)
Vulnerability assessments are a key element to successful climate change adaptation as they reveal what systems, species, populations, entities, etc. are most vulnerable to expected climatic changes, often depending on factors such as exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. With the increased recognition of the utility of vulnerability assessments, efforts to conduct these assessments are becoming more and more common. Website provides links to vulnerability assessment tools and resources and to vulnerability assessments that have been done.
www.dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Vulnerability_Assessments/

Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting (USDA Forest Service)
Explore forest insect and disease conditions in the United States using Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting Tools. Includes insect and disease maps, forest disturbance maps, and Pest Event Reporter where you can submit a forest insect or disease event.
www.foresthealth.info/portal

Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning (California Dept. of Water Resources, US EPA, Resources Legacy Fund, and US Army Corps of Engineers)
Handbook provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning. Key decision considerations, resources, tools, and decision options are presented that will guide resource managers and planners as they develop means of adapting their programs to a changing climate. November 2011.
www.water.ca.gov/climatechange/CCHandbook.cfm

Rooftops to Rivers II - Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Report provides case studies for 14 geographically diverse cities employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges. These leading cities have recognized how stormwater, once viewed as a costly nuisance, can be transformed into a community resource. This report also recognizes the multitude of benefits green infrastructure provides over conventional infrastructure, particularly its cost-effectiveness, natural hazard resilience and augmented water supply. © Natural Resources Defense Council, November 2011.
www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/rooftopsii/

REAP--Renewable Energy Alaska Project
Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is a coalition of large and small Alaska utilities, businesses, conservation and consumer groups, Alaska Native organizations, and municipal, state and federal entities with an interest in developing Alaska's vast renewable energy resources. Website includes links to their projects, information about renewable energy, and more.
http://alaskarenewableenergy.org/
 Other Items of Interest

Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples of the World to the UNFCCC COP17
Declaration by the International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change. Durban, South Africa, 12/2/11.
www.international-alliance.org/Declaration%20prensa%20-%20INGLES.pdf

Declaration of Members of the Indigenous People Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA) Initiative
The participants of the workshop on REDD and Biocultural Protocols organized by the Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA), from Ecuador, Panama, India, Nicaragua, Peru and Samoa met on November 24-25 in Durban, South Africa to share emergent findings and analyze how REDD is affecting their territories in order to respond through assessments. 11/26/11.
www.climate-justice-now.org/ declaration- of-members- of-the- indigenous- peoples%E2%80%99- biocultural- climate- change- assessment- ipcca- initiative/

Convening Lead Authors Announced for the National Climate Assessment
The US Global Change Research Program announced the Convening Lead Authors for the National Climate Assessment 2013 Report. Dr. Bull Bennett of Kiksapa Consulting, LLC, and Dr. Nancy Maynard of NASA are the convening lead authors for the chapter, Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal, Indigenous and Native Lands and Resources. 12/6/11.
www.globalchange.gov/whats-new
 Funding Opportunities

NOTE: More Funding Opportunities can be found at the Tribes & Climate Change website: www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/resources/funding.asp

Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP)-Lower Colorado Regional Area (Bureau of Reclamation)
The objective of this FOA is to invite irrigation and water districts, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have a tie to Reclamation projects to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on activities/projects that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency in the LCRA. The LCRA includes Southern Nevada, Northwestern Arizona, and Southwestern Utah, and any other areas supported by the Regional Office, which is located in Boulder City, Nevada. Tribes are eligible. Deadline: 1/3/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=131813

Technical Assistance Opportunity: Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Initiative (US DOE)
This is a project of the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (IE) aimed at advancing next-generation energy development in Indian Country. It is led by a technical assistance team comprised of experts from DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). There are two technical assistance programs, one for lower 48, and another for Alaska. Application deadline: 1/15/12.
http://energy.gov/indianenergy/resources/start-program

National Forest Foundation's Matching Awards Program
The NFF is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP), a grant program that provides matching funds for direct on-the-ground and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting America's National Forests and Grasslands. MAP funds can be used to support conservation and restoration projects benefiting wildlife habitat, recreation, watershed health, and community-based forestry. By pairing federal funds—provided through a cooperative agreement with the US Forest Service-with non-federal dollars raised by award recipients, the resources available to nonprofit partners to implement projects are effectively doubled. Native American tribes are eligible. Deadlines: Round 1: 1/17/12. Round 2: 7/2/12.
http://nationalforests.org/conserve/grantprograms/ontheground/map

WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012 (Bureau of Reclamation)
The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. Tribes in western US are eligible. Deadline: 1/19/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=130074

Urban Waters Small Grants (US EPA)
The US Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will contribute to improved water quality in urban areas. The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. Indian Tribes are eligible. Deadline: 1/23/12.
www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding/

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Program - Yuma Area (Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region)
BOR is requesting proposals to fund projects for activities in support of their Endangered Species and Environmental Restoration programs in federal FY. The objectives are to fund opportunities for collecting field data of the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard, perform habitat restoration in accordance with the FCWA, and that will improve, protect, and create riparian and wetland habitat for the benefit of the T&E species along the lower Colorado River corridor. Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations are eligible. Deadline: 1/27/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=131773

Native American Technical Assistance Program - Yuma Area Office (Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region)
BOR is requesting proposals to fund projects for activities in support of their Native American Technical Assistance Program in federal FY 2011. The TAP program is for the development and management of water and related natural resources, including Native American technical assistance activities. Through direct participation, training, and partnering, YAO provides financial and technical assistance in the field of water resource development and management. This may take many forms from assisting Tribal technical experts to providing the technical data necessary to assess, plan, and develop on-reservation water resources. Assistance may also be provided through training to enhance the Tribes' knowledge and expertise in the use, protection, and development of resources. Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations are eligible. Deadline: 1/27/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=132833

Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program; Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR)
NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR is soliciting proposals for research under its Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program theme focused on the impacts of ocean acidification on key fish and shellfish species and their supporting ecosystems in US coastal and estuarine waters. CSCOR is accepting proposals which are focused on the development of modeling and prediction tools to determine population-, community-, and ecosystem-level effects of increasing ocean acidification in marine and estuarine systems. As a component of developing the necessary understanding of ecological processes and linkages, physiological research on targeted species or groups of ecologically related species may be included. Proposals must target or be relevant to US commercial and/or recreational fishery species. Indian Tribal Governments are eligible. Deadline: 1/30/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=130733

Water Conservation Field Services Program = Pacific Northwest Region (Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region)
The objective of this FOA is to invite eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on activities that will either: 1) Promote the preparation of written water management and conservation plans that will lead to subsequent implementation of conveyance, measurement, or operational improvements which will conserve water, increase water use efficiency, or enhance operational efficiency; or 2) Implement activities identified in approved and written water management and/or conservation plans. Water authorities of Federally recognized tribes with a defined relationship to one of the identified Reclamation Project(s) located within the Pacific Northwest Region's administrative boundaries are eligible. Deadline: 2/3/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=132553

Water Conservation Field Services Program = Upper Colorado Region (Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region)
BOR is providing financial assistance for a variety of cooperative activities, demonstration programs and pilot projects to promote and implement improved water management and conservation. To be eligible for financial assistance, a proposed activity must be within the Upper Colorado Region's service area, or activities outside the service area must be within an area authorized to be served by a project under the Upper Colorado Region's jurisdiction. Indian tribes are eligible. Deadline: 2/7/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=133153

WaterSMART: Development of Feasibility Studies under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program (Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office)
The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applicants to submit proposals for the development of new Title XVI feasibility studies. Under Title XVI of P.L. 102-575, Reclamation works to identify and investigate opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewaters and naturally impaired ground and surface water in the 17 Western States and Hawaii. Title XVI also provides authority for Reclamation to provide up to 50 percent of the costs of studies to determine the feasibility of water reclamation and reuse projects. Tribes and tribal organization are eligible. Deadline: 2/13/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=133313

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (US EPA)
The US Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Agency is seeking applicants for $1 million in environmental justice small grants expected to be awarded in 2012. EPA's environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. EPA will host four pre-application teleconference calls on December 15, 2011, January 12, 2012, February 1, 2012 and February 15, 2012 to help applicants understand the requirements. Federally recognized tribal governments and tribal organizations are eligible. Deadline: 2/29/12.
www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html

Smart Grid Data Access (US DOE)
The US Dept. of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is seeking applications aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their electricity use by enabling access to electricity consumption data by customers and their authorized third parties and providing or supporting the use of third party tools and software products that utilize the available data to deliver a value added service to the customer. Federally recognized tribes are eligible. Deadline: 3/1/12.
www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=130273

2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant (USFS)
The US Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Technology Marketing Unit requests proposals for wood energy projects that require engineering services. These projects will use woody biomass, such as material removed from forest restoration activities, wildfire hazardous fuel treatments, insect and disease mitigation, forest management due to catastrophic weather events, and/or thinning overstocked stands. The woody biomass shall be used in a bioenergy facility that uses commercially proven technologies to produce thermal, electrical or liquid/gaseous bioenergy. The funds from the Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization (WBU) Grant program must be used to further the planning of such facilities by funding the engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis. Examples of projects might include engineering design of a 1) woody biomass boiler for steam at a sawmill, hospital or school, 2) non-pressurized hot water system for various applications, and 3) biomass power generation facility. Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities are eligible. Deadline: 3/31/12.
www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=130235

Renewable Energy Investment Fund (Grand Canyon Trust)
The Renewable Energy Investment Fund is soliciting applications from Arizona tribes and tribal organizations to competitively obtain funds for renewable energy projects that can reduce fossil fuel emissions and reduce total energy use. REIF has allocated $1,000,000 for this program. The program will focus on installing on-site, renewable energy technologies for tribal or tribal nonprofit organization-owned buildings or on tribal land. Arizona Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible. Deadline: 4/29/12.
www.grandcanyontrust.org/ news/ 2011/ 11/ renewable- energy- grants- available- for- arizona-t ribes- and- tribal- organizations/

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant and Partnership Programs that can Address Invasive Species Research, Technical Assistance, Prevention and Control Federal Fiscal Year 2012 (USDA)
This workbook contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund and support invasive species related projects. This list should be a helpful place to start a search for sources of technical and financial resources for invasive species activities but may not include all potential invasive species funding opportunities. USDA contacts for program support listed in the document are current at the time of publication. The contacts listed in the "other grant information" section can assist you in determining which opportunities may fit best with your needs.
www.doi.gov/ NISC/ global/ ISAC/ ISAC_Minutes/ 2011/ Tab2/ USDA_ Grants_ Wkbk_ %20FY12%20_ FINAL_ 112211.pdf
 Upcoming Events

NOTE: More Upcoming Events can be found at the Tribes & Climate Change website:
www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/events.asp

January 2012
  • Conference: Curbing Carbon Forum
    January 13, Phoenix, AZ. The forum will dive into the technical and policy implications of transitioning the region from a coal-based to clean energy-based electricity system. Presentations will cover: the inevitability of and need for the transition, public health regulation and other drivers, a case study of coal retirement from a regulator's perspective, electric system reliability and cost considerations, and visions of the future electric sector.
    www.swrei.org/curbing-carbon-forum/
  • Webinar: Overview of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Program
    January 25, 11 am-12:30 pm Mtn. The US Dept. of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration are conducting a webinar to provide tribes with an overview of the EPA Green Power Program, a voluntary program that supports commercial and institutional energy users' procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Organizations that partner with EPA in this program can lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce their carbon footprint, and communicate their leadership to key stakeholders. Reserve your webinar seat now; after registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
    https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/315871304
February 2012
  • Conference: New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
    February 2-4, San Diego, CA. Organized by Local Government Commission. Learn from hundreds of speakers who cross disciplines to share insights, and valuable tools and strategies for making smart growth a success in your community. The program will be infused with sessions and case studies focusing on important equity and environmental justice issues.
    www.newpartners.org/cfsp/
  • Conference: Carbon Management Technology Conference
    February 7-9, Orlando, FL. This inaugural conference draws professionals from all engineering disciplines to share their expertise and provide their perspective on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to changing climate. Conference will focus on engineering perspectives on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to changing climate.
    www.carbonmgmt.org/index.php
  • Conference: Southwest Fire Ecology Conference-Fire, Landscapes, Wildlife & People: Building Alliances for Restoring Ecosystem Resilience
    Feb 27-March 1, Santa Fe, NM. Co-sponsored by Association for Fire Ecology (AFE), in association with Humboldt State University. Anyone interested in the fire ecology and the general ecology of this area should plan to attend.
    www.humboldt.edu/swfire/
April 2012
  • Conference: EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders' Summit
    April 30-May 4, Grand Ronde, OR. Hosted by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. The theme of this event is "Common Ground: Sharing Successes, Experiences, and Resources." The Summit will bring together federal and tribal governments to explore opportunities to partner and leverage shared resources. In this time of budget cuts and limited resources, agencies and tribes need to pull together to find creative and effective solutions to important issues that frequently overlap jurisdictions. This would be a valuable opportunity for leaders and environmental staff from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington tribes and regional federal agencies to exchange ideas, views, and experiences.
    www.grandronde.org/tls/
May 2012
  • Conference: 2012 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF)
    May 22-24, Tulsa, OK. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency. There will be both plenary and breakout sessions. Proposals for presentations in the areas of Ambient Air Quality, Indoor Air Quality and Climate Change are encouraged. Tribal leaders, environmental staff, scientists, policy developers, and representatives from tribal colleges, universities, federal, state, and local agencies, and other interested parties involved in research or projects that pertain to air quality or climate change are invited to submit an abstract of their presentation. Presentation proposal deadline: 2/1/12. Contact Lydia Scheer (Lydia.Scheer@nau.edu) or Sue Wotkyns (Susan.Wotkyns@nau.edu) to request a presentation proposal form. More information about NTF will be available on the ITEP website soon:
    www4.nau.edu/itep/air/aq_ntf.asp
  • Conference: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Conference
    May 23-24, Eugene, OR. Student-focused conference. Students from a diversity of disciplines will present research related to climate and culture in the Americas alongside faculty and graduate students. Students will present their research in either oral paper panels or poster sessions, and a broader local and regional community will be invited to participate, including American Indian and Alaska Native students from tribal colleges and others from native communities. The conference will also have keynote lectures from indigenous leaders involved in climate change issues from Alaska to the continental United States.
    http://uoclimateconference.wordpress.com
  • Conference: Climate Adaptation Futures Conference: International Conference on Climate Adaptation 2012
    May 29-31, Tucson, AZ. Co-hosted and convened by the University of Arizona and by UNEP's Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), the conference focuses on adaptation to climate variability and change. The conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share insights into the challenges and opportunities that adaptation presents. It will showcase cutting-edge research from around the world, focusing on themes of equity and risk, learning, capacity building, methodology, adaptation finance and investment, and ecosystem based adaptation approaches. It will explore practical adaptation policies and approaches, and share strategies for decision making from the international to the local scale.
    www.adaptation.arizona.edu/adaptation2012
 

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