Oct 2015

The October Tribal Climate Education Network discussion was the last of 2015, as the last Wednesday of the month meetings in November and December would have been difficult due to federal partner holiday schedules and the many grants due that all tribes and partners had to be diligently developing to meet end-of-year submittal deadlines.

The Sept. 2015 Lightning Talk format had proven so successful that a second round was developed for the October meeting.  Luckily, this time, the facilitator had finally figured out how to record, so it is available as a WebEX ADF file (ADF viewer download).

1) Chris Caldwell, Director of Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), College of Menominee Nation shared how the SDI model has informed its many climate projects, each contributing to another facet. He discussed efforts to formalize the model and how it is being used both in tribal and non-tribal settings to help students of varying education levels and diverse programs nationwide and even internationally to better systematize adaptation efforts.

2) Al Kuslikis, Sr. Associate for Strategic Initiatives, AIHEC described several climate initiatives to help build TCUs into a nationwide network of climate hubs, as explained initially in a related NAF presentation: Tribal and Community Colleges: Education, Equity, and Climate Change.

3) Patricia (Patsy) Whitefoot, Director Toppenish School District Indian Education & Yakama Nation Wellness Coalition, NIEA Board Member shared highlights from the earlier November NIEA National Conference and a variety of other related programs and ongoing initiatives that the group could draw from to inform future TRN efforts.

4) Yatibaey Evans, Alaska Native Education Coordinator K12 Northstar (Fairbanks) and NIEA Board Member also shared her NIEA conference experience and some local outreach efforts that might be expanded to other regions.

5) Although Kim Vigue, Director of Communications, Bureau of Indian Education, was unable to attend to share progress on BIE Reorganizations and the College-Ready Innovation Grant Awards Program that may lead to more climate-ready tribal young people, she did followup with other ways BIE and BIA could synergize, including working on a summer essay contest for 9-12 and college age student categories to review Tribal Nations and write how their tribe was or could address climate.
Participants were also encouraged to signup to receive the BIE Newsletterby email.

Kathy Lynn, PNW TCC Network coordinator announced expansion of the Tribal CC Resource Guide to include climate scientists and tribal climate publications.  Resources are expanding rapidly and the system encourages suggestions.

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