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Report: Climate Change Hits Indian Country Hardest

August 8, 2011

BOSTON - Indian Country is on the front lines when it comes to the effects of climate change, according to a new report from tribal groups and the National Wildlife Federation. More frequent extreme weather, such as droughts, floods, wildfires and snowstorms, is detailed, with flooding in Massachusetts this year noted as particularly destructive and expensive for Natives.

Kim Gottschalk, staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, explains the impact of ecological damage.

"They depend on these systems for their spiritual, cultural and economic welfare, and yet, despite their historically-low carbon footprint, have been disproportionately affected by climate change."

The study asks Congress to boost funding for conservation and climate adaptation projects through the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, and to repeal tribal exclusion from federal environmental programs.

Jose Aguto, policy adviser with the National Congress of American Indians, says Indian nations face profound challenges to their cultures, economies and livelihoods, yet they also have natural resource expertise they want to share by collaborating with federal, state and local governments.

"They have practices that are time-tested, climate-resilient, sustainable, bountiful and cost-effective."

He adds that some of the richest renewable energy resources in North America are on tribal lands, yet it's difficult to find capital or investors, and most federal incentives aren't available to the tribes.

The full report, "Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future for Indian Country," is available at ht.ly/5Uuj7

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA