Climate Changes Bring Harsh Reality for Native Americans
IPS, 4 August 2011

NEW YORK, USA: The effects of climate change may be felt across the globe, but in the United States, compared to the general population, indigenous peoples feel the impact disproportionately, a report published recently by the National Wildlife Federation concluded. The report, Facing the Storm: Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future for Indian Country, details how climate change is adversely and disproportionately affecting Indian Tribes in North America, people who rely on a healthy environment to sustain their economic, cultural and spiritual lives. The study asks US Congress to increase funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ efforts to address conservation and climate adaptation, to provide equitable tribal access to federal funds and to repeal Tribes’ exclusions from federal environmental programs. It also stresses the need for the federal government to enforce tribal rights to natural and cultural resources. Finally, the study calls on Tribes to include climate impacts in their planning efforts and to use their sovereign authority and knowledge to address climate change and its impacts. Read the article … Read the National Wildlife Federation release … Download the study [pdf] …

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