Climate Change Issue Page

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This webpage is the homebase for news related to climate change work at the National Congress of American Indians. Indigenous peoples of North America are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change. The large role of climate change in separating tribal people from their natural resources poses a threat to Indigenous identity. At the same time, tribal ecological wisdom and practices, acquired through the accumulation of centuries of practices, beliefs, and distinct interactions with the natural world, are increasingly recognized by the larger society's efforts to address climate change. Tribal ecological knowledge is time-tested, climate resilient, sustainable, and cost-effective. The uniquely far-reaching and disproportionate impact of climate change upon Native peoples, as well as the invaluable practices and perspectives Native peoples bring, merits strong and urgent action by the federal government. This action should include support for tribal efforts to build resilience and to preserve the uniqueness and diversity of tribal cultures. NCAI works with Congress and the Administration to ensure consistent inclusion of tribal interests and expertise across the array of climate-related laws, policies, and programs. NCAI also seeks to assist with unifying tribal efforts to address climate change.