EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Native Communities and Climate Change: Protecting Tribal Resources as Part of National Climate Policy

Only the executive summary seems available and maybe or maybe not the entire report will be available to those not in Congress. If governmental action responds to reports, then a report is needed before any assistance can be provided. On the other hand, there were lots of reports on dumps in Indian Country and despite years of work by Americans for Indian Opportunity (LaDonna Harris) and other groups, tribal governments are often left out of enabling legislation.

Report: Climate shift to hit Indians hard
Droughts could set off water wars among Southwest tribes, and rising seas may flood Indian lands in Florida and Alaska, the study says.
By Katy Human, Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/18/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_6921868

Climate change likely will hit American Indians especially hard as rising seas flood Miccosukee and Seminole lands in Florida and droughts trigger water wars between Southwestern tribes and others, according to a new report.

Among the hardest hit will be Alaska’s native people, University of Colorado at Boulder law professors and scientists said Monday in the report.

The study – “Native Communities and Climate Change, Protecting Tribal Resources as Part of National Climate Policy” – has been sent to members of the U.S. Congress.

An executive summary of the report has been sent to members of the U.S. Congress; to the directors and deputy directors of the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and other appropriate federal agencies and interest groups; and to the leadership of American Indian tribes. A final report will be completed in a few weeks….

“The federal trust responsibility requires the government to protect tribal land and resources, and is rooted in the numerous treaties, statutes, executive orders and judicial opinions recognizing the very tribal rights at risk from climate change,” [emphasis added] said CU-Boulder law Professor Sarah Krakoff, a contributor to the report

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2007/356.html


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