Indigenous peoples face a wide range of vulnerabilities and opportunities regarding the impacts of climate change. The Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network (http://www.nicrn.org), organized by the Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation, seeks to convene Indigenous peoples to identify threats to Indigenous self-determination and ways of life and to formulate adaptation and mitigation strategies, dialogues and educational programs that build Indigenous capacities to address climate-related issues.
The network engages many Tribes and inter-Tribal organizations, as well as scientific partners who generously support this work, including the NE CSC, Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM), Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) and the Timnick Chair and National Science Foundation funded programming at Michigan State University.
This website provides the latest tools and resources for Indigenous peoples and scientists to work together towards meeting the current challenges of climate change. This is the result of work done by Chris Caldwell (SDI Director); Dean Fellman (CFAF Director); Cynthia Norton (Sustainability Administrative Assistant); Rebecca Edler (Sustainability Coordinator) and Cherie Thunder (Sustainability Education Coordinator). In addition, Greg Gauthier, a Tribal College and University (TCU) Americorps VISTA Volunteer position, assisted with this project.
The assessment of Tribal impacts from climate change in the northeast region, along with a set up developing ideas is housed on the developing Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network ("NICRN") website. There are sections that provide information to assist Tribes interested in learning more about the NE CSC (and other climate decision support organizations), as well as resources for climate researchers who may want to work with Tribes on climate change related projects. The development of this website has been catalyst for the creation of additional projects which are either directly supported, partially supported, or linked with NE CSC, and specifically through the work of CMN SDI in the broader CSC network.