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Tribal Engagement in the Missouri River Basin and Midwest

NIDIS Supported Research
NIDIS-Supported Research
Main Summary

In order to ensure the inclusion of indigenous perspectives in the implementation of the regional drought early warning systems (DEWS), NIDIS launched a Tribal Drought Engagement Project in January 2019 in collaboration with the Masters of the Environment Program at University of Colorado-Boulder (CU MENV). The project aimed to strengthen relationships with tribal resource managers across the Missouri River Basin and Midwest DEWS regions in order to effectively deliver timely and relevant drought information. The objectives of this project were to increase engagement through face-to-face contact with tribal resource managers, increase NIDIS’ visibility amongst tribes, to map and identify key drought vulnerabilities and capacity gaps, and to ensure that future engagement maximizes positive impact. 

For more information, please contact Britt Parker ( or Molly Woloszyn (

Research Snapshot

Research Timeline
January 2019 - December 2019
Principal Investigator(s)
CU MENV team
Focus Areas (DEWS Components)

What to expect from this research

This project resulted in the NIDIS Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy, which was published in November 2020. 

Key Regions

Research Scope
DEWS Region(s)
Tribal Nations
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Nation
Cheyenne River Sioux Nation
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nations
Crow Nation
Eastern Shoshone Nation
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Fort Belknap Indian Community
Menominee Nation
Oglala Sioux Nation
Omaha Nation of Nebraska
Rosebud Sioux Nation
Sac and Fox Nation of the Mississippi in Iowa
Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska
Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Nations
Standing Rock Sioux Nation
Three Affiliated Tribes
White Earth Band of Ojibwe Nation
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska