Fall is here and so is the first Native Climate Newsletter! Read on for updates on native climate journalism, new local climate projections, job postings, and more.
NATIVE CLIMATE PUBLISHES FIRST RESILIENCE STORY
Valley hímu, also known as coyote willow, has been integral to the Wá∙šiw tradition of basketry for generations. However, a changing warm season, agricultural development, and fires have affected people’s relationships to this essential plant. Read this article by Robin Smuda on the role of Wá∙šiw in maintaining the willows:
OCTOBER NATIVE CLIMATE WORKING GROUP MEETING: DROUGHT & EQIP
- Drought v.s. Aridification in the West: Dr. Zachary Hoylman discussed a study conducted with Kyle Bocinsky and Kelsey Jensco on challenges and solutions in the way we qualify drought. Read their paper by following the first button below.
- USDA NRCS Climate Change Adaptation and Drought Mitigation Conservation Practices: Chris Borden spoke to the group about support for climate-smart agriculture provided by EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program).
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.
NOVEMBER TOPIC: "Inflation, economic outlooks, and the costs of inputs for farming and ranching in 2023" with Professor Brigid Tuck, Ag-Economist, University of Minnesota Extension
ALL CLIMATE IS LOCAL WORKSHOP
On October 21, the Native Climate team hosted their first workshop at the annual FALCON conference in Albuquerque, NM. The workshop focused on developing tribal-led responses to changing environmental conditions, with a presentation of CMIP6 climate projections for tribal colleges and universities and a discussion of current projects addressing climate issues. Participants had the opportunity to share impacts and adaptations in their communities through surveys during the workshop, providing valuable data on these challenges on the local level. For the full story, check out the page on our website:
Research Highlight: The Missouri River and Indigenous Placemaking
FALCON 2022 also saw researcher Paige Johnson present on the importance of the Missouri river basin to the native communities which surround it. Explore her storymap to learn more about the damage caused by the Pick-Sloan plan, and how decolonizing environmental science could get river management back on track:
Native Climate Reporter Internship
The Native Climate team at the Desert Research Institute is seeking students interested in gaining skills in journalism or communications to write about climate change and adaptations in U.S. tribal communities. Applicants from tribal communities preferred. For more information about this exciting opportunity, please visit the page on the Native Climate website or DRI’s job posting to apply.
USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub Agricultural Risk Associate
The USDA Climate Hubs are seeking a professional with a background in agriculture, ecology, environmental science, or a related field to communicate agricultural and climate science to stakeholders in Eastern Montana. To learn more about this position, please view the job advertisement by clicking below.
Student Climate Project Opportunity
The All Climate is Local project has stipends for 30 students ($600/each) to do research and create stories (in any form oral, written, music, art) about specific climate impacts in their communities (to land, agriculture, people, wildlife, air, water, etc.) and show examples of how the people and the land are adapting to drought, floods, heatwaves, wildfires, high winds, and other climate stressors. For more information please follow the link below.
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