11.S938 / 11.S198
Planning with Indigenous Communities: Resilience through Climate Change and COVID-19

Indigenous communities, including Native American tribes in the United States, are more connected culturally to the natural environment than most other people.  They have evolved ways to manage natural resources on their land, even when the dominant culture that surrounds them seeks to thwart their ability to do so.  And, in recent years, they have had to find ways to adapt to the unexpected impacts of climate change. We will explore indigenous attitudes and beliefs regarding natural resource management and learning and adapting in balance with traditional lifeways. Participants from North American tribes will help us understand current efforts to promote sovereignty for First People. For spring 2021, we will particularly explore challenges of indigenous planning for resilience to climate change with the compounded risks of COVID-19. Meets with 11.S198.