Sept 2015

The September meeting launched the first “Lightning Talk” series in which several speakers discussed tribal cases and tools in Tribal Nations to build on synergies by region or topic or both!

1) Cathy Techtmann, Environmental Outreach State Specialist UW-Extension Office presented G-WOW Guiding for Tomorrow (Changing Climate / Changing Culture) Tool – everyone was blown away by its deep cultural development and expansive educational resources. (Presentation: Techtman_G-WOW Initiative)

2) Shannon Judd, Environmental Education Outreach Coordinator, shared how Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are Taking Action to mitigate, protect, learn, and adapt using the tools presented in (1) and (3) among a variety of other unique strategies.  It appeared that every department and group in the community had something to contribute. (Presentation: Judd_FDLC_ClimateResilienceEffortsMN)

3) Maria Janowiak, Scientist, Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Management (Presentation: Janowiak_USFS_CCRF)
Forest Service shared how easy it is for tribes to receive critical support through the USFS Climate Change Response Framework and how many have benefited from the Adaptation Workbook for Natural Resources.  Later it was learned an entire 6-week course was being made available in Jan-Feb that anyone could register for: Online Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices (January 18–February 22, 2016)

4) Kim Stone, Policy Analyst / Climate Change Program Coordinator, shared how the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) helps protect trust resources for 11 member Ojibwe tribes in MN, WI, and MI and how her new position is expanding their climate resilience focus.  She had more to share in the November 2015 meeting, including showcasing the GLIFWC maps in the new Tribal Nations theme in the NASA Climate Data Initiative.  GLIFWC also plans to be one of the first intertribal groups showcased in the Tribal Climate Resilience Guide being developed to improve tribal access to federal govt. wide and other critical climate resources.

Roundtable discussion that followed the presentation attempted to address additional ways tribes, federal agencies, and other partners may work to build tribal climate resilience together, including considering forming a Midwest / Great Lakes hub patterned after the PNW Tribal Climate Network and other successful coalitions designed to build climate resilience together across Lakes and Landscapes

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