How tribes move forward to engage locally, nationally and internationally

As part of Grossman’s work with tribal people worldwide and previous tribal climate change discussions, a range of recommendations have come forward:

  • Gather Information and make it available to all –Swinnomish Engagement model
  • Secure water sources – preparing for drought
  • Secure food sources – intertribal agreements for access to food during times of shortage (develop them) Traditional crops are resilient to drought. Adapting to new foods

Shifting of species northward necessitates passing of information between communities; discussion of cultural implications. Communicate to your neighbors to the north. Difficult questions because of the cultural implications.

  • Cooperate in local planning land use. ie: clearcuts causing mudslides in Dec. 2007. Local emergency planning. Local and tribal governments sharing resources. Only have each other. FEMA won’t be the answer
  • Cooperate to reduce emissions – relationships between governments.
  • Adopting renewable energies. NW is always held out as leading the way
  • Protect local habitats – Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission are ways the tribes work with governments to protect habitat
  • Assert indigenous powers globally
  • Involve native youth
  • Work with other indigenous governments. The indigenous nations treaty work.

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