Climate Change


Created in 2017, the USET Climate Change Resilience Program assists Tribal Nations with climate change adaptation planning. Through the Tribal Climate Science Liaison, this program also connects Tribal Nations with resources at regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers and other partners to support Tribal adaptation planning and resilience to climate change.

The protection of Tribal lands, waters, and communities from the impacts of climate change is essential to each sovereign Tribal Nation’s physical, spiritual, cultural, and economic well-being. Climate change resilience safeguards critical ecosystems, preserves ecological knowledge, and protects current populations by maintaining healthy and sustainable Tribal homelands for future generations.

USET Virtual Tribal Climate Resilience Camp

Understand the camp’s goal, learn why you should attend, and see a draft agenda.

This Month's Top News and Stories

How Returning Lands to Native Tribal Nations Is Helping Protect Nature

On June 3, 2021, journalist Jim Robbins was published in the Yale School of the Environment with an article reflecting on how the recent return of lands to Tribal Nations is protecting natural resources across the country. “From California to Maine, land is being given back to Native American tribes who are committing to managing it for conservation. Some tribes are using traditional knowledge, from how to support wildlife to the use of prescribed fires, to protect their ancestral grounds.”
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USET and Penobscot Indian Nation to Host Virtual Tribal Climate Resilience Camp

The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) – Office of Environmental Resource Management – Climate Change Resilience Program and the Penobscot Indian Nation will be hosting a Virtual Tribal Climate Resilience Camp. The USET Tribal Climate Resilience Camp will support teams of Tribal Leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop Tribal policies and plans needed for Tribal Nations to address climate change impacts. Registration is limited to 30...
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National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Fawn Sharp Addresses Climate Change at White House Leaders Summit on Climate Change

President Fawn Sharp joined world leaders at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day, April 22, to highlight the dramatic effects of climate change on Tribal Nations and the importance of Tribal sovereignty and traditional knowledge in combating those effects. President Sharp as well as Indigenous leaders from Brazil and Chad, and local government leaders from...
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Meet the Climate Change Team

The USET Tribal Climate Resilience Program Team is focused on providing Tribal Nations with technical support in their planning efforts toward increasing their community’s resiliency and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

Climate Change Tools and Resources

Below, access natural resources and climate change related data, tools, and information sources relevant to specific topic areas and/or regions.