Read the full story at Yes! Magazine.
In August 2021, two wildfires surrounded the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in central Montana. By Aug. 11, more than 175,000 acres were ablaze, and all residents of Lame Deer, the largest town on the reservation, were asked to evacuate. Several communities lost power and cell service, and the local Boys and Girls Club set up door-to-door food delivery. Some of those forced to evacuate were staff at Covenant Tribal Solar Initiative, a nonprofit that supports tribal communities’ transition to solar power and development of renewable energy workforces. Wildfires like those surrounding Northern Cheyenne—which may get worse because of climate change—exemplified the urgent need for Covenant’s work.
Read the full story in Nature.
Ocean Mercier researches how Indigenous knowledge and Western science can help resolve environmental issues.
Read the full story at e360.
The planned demolition of dams on the Klamath River was expected to help restore the beleaguered salmon on which Indigenous tribes depend. But after a record drought and wildfire this summer, many are worried the salmon could be all but gone before the dams come down.
Read the full story from Northern Arizona University.
Researchers from the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals this week launched the State of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) report, which examines the disproportionate effect climate change has on Indigenous lands and people and the added strain tribes experience as they respond to damaging climate events, which are increasing in frequency and severity.
Read the full story in The Guardian.
Fight to save fish tells story of how European food preferences clashed with tribal systems, shaping what we choose to protect.
Read the full story at Hakai Magazine.
When it comes to sea otters, modern conservation goals are overlooking the firm hand Indigenous people wielded through time.
Read the full story from NOAA.
Aquaculture, the fastest growing form of agriculture in the world, has the potential to create jobs, support resilient working waterfronts and coastal communities, and sustainably produce healthy food. As U.S. aquaculture grows, aquaculture resource managers and their partners have the opportunity to shape a community that is diverse, inclusive, and accessible. Integrating perspectives from tribal and Indigenous groups who have important histories and expertise with aquaculture is a critical step of this process.
Read the full story from PBS NewsHour.
Vast stretches of the Western U.S. are suffering under scorching temperatures, rampant wildfires and a years-long drought that’s depleting lakes and reservoirs. The water scarcity is tearing apart one southern Oregon community where farmers, native tribes and endangered species are all struggling to survive this summer. Stephanie Sy has the story.
Aug 26, 2021, 1:30-3 pm CDT
The webinar will highlight content from the Promising Practices for EJ Methodologies in NEPA Reviews report of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (now the EJ Interagency Council). The webinar will also include a tribal perspective on the value and importance of NEPA. This webinar builds upon the NEPA and Tribes as Cooperating Agencies webinar held on July 21, 2021.
- Tribal Government or Indigenous Peoples Presenter (TBD)
- Stan Buzzelle, Attorney Advisor, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Danny Gogal, Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Program Manager, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. EPA (Facilitator)
A link for the webinar will be emailed to registered participants a couple of days before the event.
Please note that the webinar is planned to be recorded and is expected to be available on the EPA website a few weeks after the webinar.
For questions about this webinar or the EPA EJ Webinar Series for Tribes and Indigenous Peoples please contact Danny Gogal, Office of Environmental Justice, email@example.com.