The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation were among the first Native American tribes to draft a Climate Change Strategic Plan when they did so in 2013 (updated in 2016). In 2020 the CSKT Climate Change Advisory Committee initiated a community-informed process to update the CSKT Climate Change Plan to reflect current projections of climate impacts on the Flathead Reservation and stimulate adaptation planning and actions by CSKT Departments. This “living” plan outlines climate impacts to all sectors of tribal governance and resilience actions that the tribes are (or will be) undertaking to mitigate climate impacts.
The Native Drought Resilience project—a partnership between the CSKT, Salish Kootenai College, the Montana Climate Office at the University of Montana, and The Wilderness Society—will implement several actions contained in the 2021 CSKT Climate Resiliency Plan. Ultimately, the Native Drought Resilience project will develop Tribal climate leaders and build climate-smart and drought-ready communities on the Flathead Reservation.
The Native Drought Resilience project builds on relationships and climate resilience programs and tools developed during the Native Waters on Arid Lands project, a 5+ year USDA-funded collaboration between climate scientists and Tribal Extensions across the arid West. In turn, activities in Native Drought—including dashboard development and climate data bootcamp course materials—will enhance the activities in the Native Climate project, a new initiative to strengthen the role of the USDA Climate Hubs in Indian Country.
This research was funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Building Tribal Drought Resilience. For more information, please contact Britt Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Crystal Stiles (email@example.com).