There are numerous initiatives and resources related to climate change, tribes, and traditional knowledges. Following is a list of some of these resources.

National Climate Assessment: Chapter on Indigenous Peoples, Lands and Resources. US Global Research and Change Program. 2014.

Alaska Native Science Commission: The Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community. It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community. ANSC provides information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community and communities seeking research partners.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – Tribes and Climate Change Website: This website provides information and resources tailored to helping Native people gain a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on their communities. The site includes basic climate-change information; profiles of tribes in diverse regions of the U.S., including Alaska, who are coping with climate change impacts; audio files of elders discussing the issue from traditional perspectives; and resources and contacts to use in developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

First Stewards: First Stewards Inc seeks to unite indigenous voices to collaboratively advance adaptive climate change strategies to sustain and secure our cultures and strengthen America’s resiliency and ability to adapt to climate change by holding symposia, and cultivating sustainable projects and educational opportunities within indigenous communities.

Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group: The AIAN “Working Group” was formed through a coalition of tribal colleges. Goals of the AIAN climate change working group include: Preparing future generations of AI/AN geoscience professionals, educators, and a geoscience literate AI/AN workforce; Ensuring that indigenous tribal knowledge of landscapes and climates are valued, used and incorporated into our tribal exercise of geoscience education and research; Establishing a collaborative effort between federal agencies, tribes and tribal colleges in order to make sure geoscience education and research opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives are integrated and coordinated.

Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project: The Tribal Climate Change Project is a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The project focuses on understanding needs and opportunities for tribes in addressing climate change, examining the government-to-government relationship in a climate context and exploring the role of traditional knowledge in climate change studies, assessments and plans.

UNU: Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change: This page provides links to resources from the United Nations University Traditional Knowledge Initiative as well as Weathering Uncertainty: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation 

Climate Change Vulnerability of Native Americans in the Southwest: Native Americans in the Southwest are vulnerable to climate change because of their intimate relationship with the environment upon which their culture, tradition, and livelihood depend. Climate change may overwhelm tribes already stressed by economical and development challenges. A primary example is Nevada’s largest tribe, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, located at the terminal end of the Truckee River Basin, who are deeply connected—culturally, physically, and spiritually—to Pyramid Lake and its ecosystem. This research project seeks to investigate the potential of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to adapt to climate change. The project collaborators include the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, the University of Arizona, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

University of Colorado Native Communities and Climate Change Project:  CU’s Native Communities and Climate Change project works to support climate change adaptation planning by American Indian tribes and their partners. The project website includes a searchable database of relevant documents.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – Center for Climate and Health: The Center for Climate and Health works closely with governments at the local and regional level, academic institutions and public and private organizations to understand local changes and to develop strategies that encourage wellness, resilience and sustainability. CCH is performing comprehensive local and regional surveys of health effects related to climate change, and also provides consultation on climate adaption and mitigation.

Rising VoicesThe Rising Voices II workshop (Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability: Bringing Together Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing to Create Positive Solutions) was held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado in June 2014. The workshop was sponsored by National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Indigenous People’s Climate Change Working Group, the USGS Climate Science Centers, Colorado State University, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange: The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is a joint effort by EcoAdapt and Island Press to create an innovative community of practice on climate change adaptation. CAKE is intended to support individuals interested in developing the discipline of adaptation to climate change by: facilitating the identification of important information and its accessibility; Building a community via an interactive online platform; Connecting practitioners to share knowledge and strategies; and Networking with other relevant materials around the web. 

Our Natural Resources: ONR – Our Natural Resources – (pronounced Honor) is an alliance of tribal natural resources organizations and tribes committed to develop and advance a national tribal natural resources strategy. Its mission is to protect and utilize the health and productivity of the natural resources to ensure the well-being of tribal cultures, communities, economies, health of future generations while enhancing sovereignty.

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource CenterThe Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation. Changing climates have already catalyzed changes in environments throughout the United States, and future effects are expected to be greater. Although future scenarios are daunting, managers can do much to promote adaptation to climate change and encourage reduction of human effects on climate.

Wisdom of the EldersCommitted to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) records and preserves the oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary American Indian historians, cultural leaders and environmentalists in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations and educational institutions. Wisdom of the Elders especially seeks to correct misconceptions, end prejudice, bring health and wellness to Native people, and demonstrate how Indian culture has and is continuing to enrich our worlds.

Centre for Indigenous Climate Change Resources: The Centre for Indigenous Climate Change Resources is a Canadian national, First Nation-directed environmental non-profit organisation  established in 1994 by a group of First Nation Chiefs from across Canada. Through its programs, the Centre takes action on climate change, builds sustainable communities, protects lands and waters, and conserves biodiversity.

Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States Impacts, Experiences and Actions. Editors: Julie Koppel Maldonado, Benedict Colombi, Rajul Pandya. Climatic Change. 2014.

Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples – The Search for Legal Remedies. Edited by Randall S. Abate, Associate Professor of Law and Project Director, Environment, Development and Justice Program, Florida A&M University College of Law and Elizabeth Ann Kronk, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Tribal Law and Government Center, University of Kansas School of Law, US. 

Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crises. Edited by Zoltán Grossman and Alan Parker. Book information available at: Excerpt reprinted by permission of Oregon State University Press at

National Geographic – News watch: Land Use, Climate Change Adaptation, and Indigenous Peoples.



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