Tribes may experience distinct impacts of climate change that relate to their cultures, identities, histories, sovereignty, economy, and ways of life. Through Indigenous knowledge systems and partnerships with scientists, Tribes across the Northwest actively are preparing for and increasing their resilience to climate change.
The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute has led climate resilience efforts in partnership with several Tribes throughout the Northwest. Examples of such efforts include the following.
- Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan
- Treaty of Olympia Tribes (Quinault Indian Nation, Quileute Tribe, and Hoh Tribe) Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
- Documenting Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Climate Change Effects on Three Northwest Tribes (Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and Quinault Indian Nation)
Additionally, OCCRI has contributed to Tribal resilience efforts led by Adaptation International.
- Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation Plan
- Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan
- Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment