2022 Tribal Climate Resilience Camp

USET Tribal Climate Resilience Camp:
July 10-15, 2022

USET will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tribal, federal, and state public health guidelines and updates regarding COVID-19. In order to ensure the safety of Tribal Nation citizens, our staff, and our partners, we will hold the 2022 Tribal Climate Resilience Camp virtually. Depending on public health guidelines, we may add an in-person option that would take place at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, Maine.

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.

Why you should participate

  • Learn examples of Tribal climate adaptation planning.
  • Identify resources from climate science centers and Tribal organizations.
  • Build camaraderie with your Tribal Nation team.
  • Develop climate adaptation to fit the values and priorities of your Tribal Nation/community.
  • Create a strategy to engage your Tribal Nation/community in climate adaptation planning.

2021 Tribal Climate Resilience Camp Agenda at-a-glance

These are sample "testimonial cards" if you'd like to feature feedback from any 2021 camp participants. The cards can display the person's name, position, and organization/Tribal Nation.
- Vicki French
If there were anonymous evaluations, quotes can be attributed to generic "camp participants."
- 2021 camp participant
This camp was amazing! I met a lot of great people and learned so much about developing a climate resilience plan for my Tribal Nation.
- Casey Thornbrugh
Tribal Climate Science Liaison
United South and Eastern Tribes
I would recommend this camp for anyone who needs to develop policies and plans for their Tribal Nation to address the impacts of climate change. I hope to attend again next year with the rest of my team!
- Tyler Everett, 2021 camp participant

Want to learn more about climate resilience camps?
See what ATNI staff and camp participants say about the ATNI 2019 Tribal Climate Camp!


Frequently asked questions

A: It may not be an individual, but rather a team that makes the ideal candidate. The camp planning committee is looking for teams of three individuals from their respective Tribal Nations. Ideally the various team members would hit all three of the following descriptors:

  1. Tribal environmental professional: Someone who might be spearheading the efforts in producing a climate adaptation plan, either now or in the future.
  2. Tribal leader: Could be a Council member, a community leader, or culture/traditional knowledge keeper.
  3. Next Generation Tribal Environmental Professional: Someone who has just started in natural resources and shows promise in holding a key role with the department in the future.

A: For Tribal Nations, a climate adaptation plan can come in many different forms. However, the core can be characterized as a comprehensive plan that brings together information sources (i.e., global climate models, formal vulnerability assessments, traditional ecological knowledge, etc..) and other resources to provide insight and/or generate some actions that can be taken toward adapting many different aspects of the Tribal community. These aspects include, but are not limited to, natural and cultural resources, infrastructure, businesses, housing, emergency response, and policies in order to improve their overall resiliency to the impacts of climate change.

A: A vulnerability assessment also works to synthesize and integrate information on a deeper level than a comprehensive climate adaptation plan. Information included will often be expert-derived cultural or traditional ecological knowledge, scientific knowledge, and quantitative analyses all pertaining to a particular natural/cultural resource, business, ecosystem, housing area, or emergency response protocol, and other items. This information is garnered in order to assess the degree to which that particular item or area of interest is susceptible to the impacts of climate change while also identifying what specific areas are most susceptible and/or the reasons why.