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Tuesday, January 26 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Assisting Tribes With Climate Change Adaptation as a Federal Agency

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AUTHORS: Alexander M. Bryan*, USGS; Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University; Jon Mauchmer, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; Chris Caldwell, College of Menominee Nation; Marie Schaefer, College of Menominee Nation

ABSTRACT: While state and federal agencies are making progress in planning and managing for climate change, this process is only just beginning for many tribal communities. Federal agencies and the greater academic community have valuable knowledge and resources to offer, and are, now more than ever, challenged to assist Tribes in climate change adaptation. Successful engagement between academics within federal agencies and tribal members is both iterative and interactive. We present a successful example of this process carried out with the Little Traverse Bay Band (LTBB) of Odawa Indians in Michigan. First, we visited with environmental scientists and managers, and a subset of concerned members of the Tribe on their reservation to get to know each other, build trust and a relationship, and start a conversation around climate change adaptation. We heard about their values and activities centered on the environment, provided relevant climate change science, and heard reactions and concerns about potential impacts on the Tribe. We then worked with the Tribe to prepare a workshop to engage the larger LTBB community in the beginning stages of management planning with respect to the concerns brought up during the initial meeting. Based on the initial conversations, we explored more detailed climate science variables relevant to the specific concerns expressed by the Tribe, along with examples of adaptation strategies conducted by other tribes and state and federal agencies. Future engagement entails sharing of new climate change research as it becomes available.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm EST
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