How can assessments engage tribal governments?

Tribes may consider engaging their tribal government in the process of developing a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan. This may increase support and resources for the effort and result in an assessment that has wider ownership by the tribe.

Below are links to guides for engaging tribal governments in climate resilience efforts and examples of tribes that have placed a focus on tribal engagement.


Resources for engaging tribal governments

Secure Tribal Council Support

Tribally-Focused Climate Change Adaptation Guide recommends ways to engage tribal councils

This upcoming guidebook explains when and why to engage tribal councils in a climate change planning process. It will provide recommendations for informal and formal approaches, including inviting tribal council members to community meetings and developing a draft climate change resolution for the council. The role of Traditional Knowledge in the climate change assessment process may also be a critical issue to raise with the council.
Link to guidebook, available August 2018

Tribal Council Resolution

ITEP's Adaptation Planning Tool Kit includes a template for a council resolution on climate change.

This template is a model that can be customized by tribes to develop their own council resolution on climate change that can build support for vulnerability and adaptation planning efforts by tribal members and communities. The document also lists several examples of tribal resolutions.
ITEP Adaptation Planning Tool KitTribal Resolution for Climate Change Plan



Examples of assessments that have focused on engaging tribal governments

Example: Swinomish Tribe

The Swinomish Indian Senate passed a resolution on the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative.

Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Senate signed this proclamation in October 2007 in support of the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative. The resolution declares the intent and commitment of the Senate to address the potential effects of climate change on the Tribe.
Swinomish Climate Change Proclamation

 

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