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Circular 1396

Prepared in cooperation with the South Central Climate Science Center

Tribal Engagement Strategy of the South Central Climate Science Center, 2014

By William J. Andrews, April Taylor, and Kimberly T. Winton

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The South Central Climate Science Center was established by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2012 to increase understanding of climate change and coordinate an effective response to climate-change effects on Native American tribes and natural and cultural resources that the Department manages. The eight regional Climate Science Centers of the U.S. Department of the Interior work closely with natural-resource management agencies, university researchers, and others such as tribes and private landowners on climate-change issues. The relatively large number of Native Americans in the south central United States and their special knowledge of changing ecosystems make working with tribes and tribal members on climate-change issues particularly important in this part of the Nation. This circular describes priorities of the South Central Climate Science Center and provides information about resources available from Climate Science Centers and partner agencies regarding climate change. The circular also describes how this Climate Science Center, tribes and tribal members, and others can collaborate to minimize potential harmful effects of climate change on human society and our surrounding ecosystems.

First posted September 22, 2014

For additional information, contact:
Director, South Central Climate Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
301 David L. Boren Blvd.
Norman, OK 73019

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Suggested citation:

Andrews, W.J., Taylor, April, and Winton, K.T., 2014, Tribal engagement strategy of the South Central Climate Science Center, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1396, 35 p.,

ISSN 1067-084X (print)

ISSN 2330-5703 (online)



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Leveraging Climate-Change Funds for Tribes and Studies Related to Tribal Lands

Assisting Development of Projects and Adaptation Strategies

Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge Where Appropriate and Acceptable

Future Education and Outreach Classes

Structured Decision Making

Guidance on Climate-Change Grants and Resources Available from the U.S. Geological Survey and Other Agencies




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