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.

HHS Establishes Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

On August 30, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the creation of a new office to address climate change and health equity.

This Month's Top News and Stories

In the Infrastructure Bill, a Recognition: Climate Change Is a Crisis

Christopher Flavelle published an article in the New York Times discussing the infrastructure bill that recently passed through the Senate and has moved on to the House of Representatives. Being largely viewed as a bipartisan bill, supporters are confident it will pass. The article discusses $216 million dollars in the bill that will be appropriated to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for climate...
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Chickasaw Woman Gets USDA Post, One in a String of Indigenous Nominees

Janie Simms Hipp, the founding CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund, is the most recent confirmation to the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hipp is just one of the many Native Americans being confirmed in positions with the Department of the Interior. A recent article by Nancy Marie Spears of Gaylord News elaborates on Hipp’s role in the USDA...
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ITEP Announces Release of STACC Report

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professional’s (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program has just announced that the Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report is now available. This report includes over 90 authors and contributors. You may access the Report on the dedicated website and are invited to share it with your networks. In addition, please view ITEP’s media toolkit for suggestions...
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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.