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Success Stories

Many tribal staff members that attended the South Central CASC trainings became more successful in seeking funding and conducting climate-related projects. Below are a few of the outcomes and successes of tribes leading regional climate response. 


In a Warming Environment, Adaptation is Crucial for Tribe’s Future

Photo: Citizen Potawatomi Nation

By means of two grants from the South Central CASC, Citizen Potawatomi Nation have began working on adaptation plans to sustain the land in a warming environment. Read more here.

Training for Native Tribes of Louisiana & New Mexico on Climate in a Changing World

Researchers at LSU conducted training in October 2016 with New Mexico Pueblos and Tribes. As a result of this training, the Southwest Water and Climate Change Working Group was formed…. Read more here.

Success Stories

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) attended four South Central CASC trainings. They were the first tribe in our region to hire climate staff! in 2014, the South Central CASC team partnered with BIA Southern Plains regions to assist five tribes beginning vulnerability assessments. We worked with CPN on vulnerabilities associated with flooding. In 2015, the South Central Research Experiences for undergraduates program to host a student, Kristina Mazur, who worked with three tribes (including Citizen Potawatomi Nation) to analyze the projected frequencies of two-inch rainfall events for their jurisdictions. The South Central CASC team continues to partner with the CPN to work toward a climate adaptation plan.

In 2015, the South Central CASC- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma team partnered with the National Conservation Training Center to offer vulnerability assessment trainings. Several of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIWFC) staff attended the training in Durant, OK, and had already received funding to conduct a vulnerability assessment. As a result, the GLIWFC staff have completed a vulnerability assessment as well as many other climate-related studies. The GLIWFC staff also has teamed with the USFS Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science to develop a tool for tribal forestry adaptation options.

For more information, click here for the GLIWFC Climate Change Program.

In 2015, the South Central CASC team partnered with New Mexico National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to offer a climate science grant writing training. Then in 2016, the South Central CASC Louisiana State University team conducted a climate training for New Mexico tribes. As a result, seven of the northern New Mexico pueblos joined together to create a Water and Climate Change Working Group facilitated by Roger Fragua of Pueblo of Jemez. This inter-tribal group continues to meet regularly and discuss efforts to work together.