Climate change continues to impact all of us, yet most climate adaptation planning tools fail to address the needs, cultures, perspectives, or values of Indigenous and Tribal communities. 

In response to that problem, the Climate Change Response Framework, a collaboration between multiple Federal, state and local agencies working “to incorporate climate change considerations into natural resource management,” has released a “Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu” to provide a framework to integrate Indigenous and “traditional knowledge, culture, language, and history into the climate adaptation planning process.”

The Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu is based on Ojibwe and Menominee concepts, languages, perspectives, and values, and was designed to be adapted by other Tribal and Indigenous communities, cultures, and languages as well as non-Indigenous partners.

It was developed by multiple collaborators from academic, government, intertribal, and Tribal entities in the Great Lakes region. It is “an extensive collection of climate change adaptation actions for natural resource management,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. 

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Climate Change Response Framework is a collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center,  U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey, and many state and local governments and organizations.

The Menu is available for download on the Great Lakes Indian Fisheries and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) website.

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