The College of Menominee Nation, an NE CASC consortium institution, recently partnered with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) to host the fourth in a series of Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshops that commenced in early 2019 and will continue throughout 2020. These events have been organized to help Tribal natural resource managers identify priorities, challenges, and areas of concern as they create action plans for adaptation and resilience.
Held from October 22-24 in Keshena, Wisconsin, the most recent workshop attracted a diverse array of participants, including members of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, the Penobscot and Passamquoddy Tribes of Maine, Oneida and Ho-Chunk Nations of Wisconsin, and Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. Representatives from the 1854 Treaty Authority, the National Resource Conservation Service, University of Wisconsin Extension, and North Carolina State University also participated.
Like the earlier installments in this series, the Keshena workshop relied upon Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Adaptation Menu to provide a framework for integrating traditional and Indigenous knowledge and perspectives with adaptation planning. The first document of its kind, the Tribal Adaptation Menu fills a cultural void in adaptation planning—which has not often recognized Indigenous traditions, history, or language—and provides Tribal resource managers with an important new tool. Developed in part by NE CASC PI Chris Caldwell and Tribal liaison Sara Smith, the menu has garnered a great deal of positive attention—including the 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.—since its publication earlier this year. As the selection committee for this award noted, the menu stands as “a noteworthy advance in the on-going process of recognizing and promoting Indigenous perspectives that can help confront some of today’s most pressing challenges,” including adaptation to climate change.
More Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshops are currently being planned for 2020 across the Midwest and Northeast. For more information, please contact NE CASC Tribal Liaison Sara Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.