Building Bridges Between Tribes and Climate Scientists

Friday, February 20, 2015

Marie Schaefer, NE CSC Fellow (credit: Toni Lyn Morelli)

In January and February 2015, NE CSC PI Chris Caldwell and NE CSC Graduate Fellow Marie Schaefer from the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) at the College of Menominee Nation have been visiting a number of Tribes in the Northeast region to discuss issues facing the Tribes regarding climate change and connect them to the resources of the NE CSC. As part of this effort, in February SDI hosted a Roundtable Discussion with the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program and climate scientists in the New England region: "Tribal Interests and Resources, Federal and Academic Resources, and Climate Change Science in the Northeast Region" at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

The purpose of this meeting was to:
1) provide information for interested faculty, students and Tribal representatives to better understand the Northeast Climate Science Center's capabilities as a research resource and
2) obtain feedback for SDI to better understand Tribal needs and concerns so we can communicate these needs to the NECSC.

SDI serves as a technical resource to assist interested Tribes in working on climate change related projects and issues.  This effort is part of SDI's membership and funding through the Northeast Climate Science Center.

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Top photo: Marie Schaefer, NE CSC Graduate Fellow (credit: Toni Lyn Morelli)