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US To Spend $10M To Help Indians Adapt To G Warming

From CNS News:

Feds Will Spend $450K to Help Native Americans Adapt to ‘Climate Change’

By Lauretta Brown | August 5, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region ”climate adaptation plans” for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities.

If they are doing this for tribes in one region, they are probably doing it for tribes in other regions. And probably even for the denizens stuck ‘inner cities.’

In fact, we are told at the bottom of the piece that Big Chief Obama has already earmarked $10 million dollars "to help tribes prepare for climate change.” So this is just the tip of the (non-melting) iceberg.

“Due to climate change, the natural landscapes are becoming impacted,” and the “traditional practices for hunting, fishing, and gathering for ceremonial purposes” can potentially create further impacts,” according to BLM’s Cooperative Agreement announcement.

“It is important to educate those who are engaging in these gathering activities to reduce impacts on public lands. If tribes are able to develop adaptation plans for their gathering activities, they would have a process to follow that could reduce negative impacts on the landscape,” the Request for Applications (RFA) explains.

Here we thought Indians were so in tune with nature they would know how to adapt when the weather changes.

The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GBLCC), is one of 22 LCCs nationwide established by the Department of the Interior (DOI) in 2010 to “better integrate science and management to address climate change and related issues.”  The Great Basin area covers parts of Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and California.

The Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, and the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation all have representatives on the GBLCC…

Todd Hopkins, GBLCC’s science coordinator, told CNSNews.com that the trainings will focus on “actions that the tribes can take in response to changing climatic conditions.”

Todd Hopkins is an exceptionally poetic Indian name.

Hopkins said that GLBCC collaborated on a similar three-day training course with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) last fall, which was funded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and titled “Climate Adaptation Training for Tribes.”

The RFA says the proposed training “will build on existing collaborations” from that earlier course…

It sounds wonderful. We wish we could attend.

In July, President Obama announced the Tribal Climate Resilience Program to “help tribes prepare for climate change.” As part of this initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will “dedicate $10 million in funding for tribes and tribal organizations to develop tools to enable adaptive resource management, as well as the ability to plan for climate resilience.” …

$10 million is more like it. Preparing for climate change is expensive.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “US To Spend $10M To Help Indians Adapt To G Warming”

  1. Astravogel

    Not much climate change in the tribal casinos around here. Just got
    mail asking for donations to help the Native Americans regain their
    ancestral lands and sacred places. I was born here, and they seem to
    have not been aware that I’m native also. Of course, my ancestral
    sacred places are under Interstate highways now, so I don’t look for it.

  2. Enthalpy

    It just gets curiouser and curiouser.

  3. yadayada

    “It is important to educate those who are engaging in these gathering activities to reduce impacts on public lands.”

    so you have the white man trying to teach the red man how to have less impact on the land when they go out and do their “traditional” hunting/gathering thing….

    but for some reason this ISN’T considered racism.

    irony?




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