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November is National Native American Heritage Month
For thousands of years, American Indian and Alaska Native people have lived in harmony with their surrounding environments.Tribes now face adverse impacts to their culture, health, and wellness from environmental effects related to climate change. CEHN has partnered with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to highlight the unique health vulnerabilities of Tribal populations and the environmental challenges they face amidst a changing climate. Click on the logo below to learn how they are helping Tribes become climate resilient. More information and ways you can support Tribal communities are also listed below.
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Take Action to support Tribal communities:
1) Consider Tribal needs and priorities as you live, work, and vote. Tribal needs are often overlooked by surrounding non-Tribal communities. You can support Tribes by doing your part to take care of the environment, supporting policies which protect Tribes and the environment at large, and including Tribal needs and perspectives in your work. If you work on issues that could impact Tribes, research these issues and reach out to Tribes for consultation and guidance.
2) Learn more about Tribes and unique Tribal issues:
- Explore the NIHB website: www.nihb.org
- NIHB Climate and health resources for Tribes
3) Learn about the non-physical health impacts of climate change which fit a more holistic, Tribal definition:
- See how the Climate Ready Tribes project is helping three Tribes: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Village of Wainwright, and Blackfeet Nation
4) Federally-recognized Tribes can apply for the 2019 Climate Ready Tribes funding opportunities. Deadline: November 28, 2018.