It's been a busy winter for the Native Climate Team, with a climate presentation, an agricultural conference to attend, our monthly working group, and more. Read on for more information about our work!
CLIMATE EXTREMES IN MONTANA: ADDRESS TO MONTANA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
On November 16th, experts from the Montana Climate Office alongside representatives from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes presented information about climate change and stories of climate resiliency to Montana League of Women Voters. The event included a detailed explanation of climate phenomena in Montana from Dr. Kelsey Jencso of the Montana Climate Office and the Native Climate Team, as well as discussions of building resilient tribal communities from Michael Durglo and Gwen Lankford. Read more and watch the full presentation recording by following the link below.
Projected change in annual temperature (degF) in Montana from 2040-2069, based on the NASA NEX-CMIP6 dataset. Central and Western MT show an increase of around 4 degrees F, while Eastern and North Central MT show an increase of 5 degrees F.
Michael Durglo's vision of tribal lifeways, with individual actions integrated with communities and ecosystems.
NOVEMBER NATIVE CLIMATE WORKING GROUP MEETING: INFLATION & ECONOMICS
Professor Brigid Tuck, Ag-Economist from the University of Minnesota Extension presented a talk called “Inflation, economic outlooks, and the costs of inputs for farming and ranching in 2023.” The presentation covered the causes of inflation and the areas which will be most impacted.
David Williams, USDA/ERS Research Agricultural Economist, presented Federal Agency Resources, including estimates for production costs and returns for the coming year based on new data from the USDA. See these figures for specific commodities, as well as income forecasts for different agricultural industries, by following the links below.
The Native Climate Working group meets for an hour on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 AM PT/ 11 AM MT/ 12 PM CT/ 1 PM ET. Email Vicki Hebb at email@example.com to receive an invite link.
JANUARY TOPIC: Water resources in Indian Country
NEW FEDERAL INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE GUIDANCE RELEASED
In an exciting development for tribal groups, the federal government has released a set of guidelines on how to collaborate with native communities and apply Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in the day to day operations of government agencies. This guidance confirms what many indigenous communities, researchers, and government professionals already know: the expertise of native people about our environment can make a significant contribution to the conservation and wellbeing of our ecosystems. Follow the link below for a summary of these guidelines and their implications, as well as PDF versions of all the documents.
Agriculture Highlight: Intertribal Agricultural Conference 2022
Every year the Intertribal Agricultural Council (IAC) conference brings together people from across the country to share knowledge and discuss issues in the world of Native agriculture. Get an insider perspective on the conference and the latest topics in Native agriculture in this interview with Trent Teegerstrom, associate director of the University of Arizona’s tribal extension program and tribal extension and agricultural producer coordinator for Native Climate:
Native Climate is still accepting applications for our Student All Climate is Local projects. This exciting opportunity provides a platform for Native people to share their experiences of climate change in innovative ways. Please follow the link below for more information.
Student All Climate is Local Projects
Native Climate is offering a $600 stipend for up to 30 students to research and create stories about specific climate impacts in their communities and show examples of how the people and the land are adapting to these stressors. The project encourages diverse approaches to this subject and stories in any form (oral, music, written, visual arts, etc.) are welcome. For more information please follow the link below.
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