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Browse through the various Tribal Climate Health Project publications, including reports, podcasts, and more!


November 2022

Indicators of Climate Change in California (4th edition): Impacts of Climate Change on the Pala Band Of Mission Indians

The Indicators of Climate Change in California report documents observed changes in the state’s climate and its impacts in the state. Indicators are scientific measurements that track trends and conditions relating to climate change. Collectively, the indicators portray a statewide picture of how climate change has been impacting the environment and people of California. Through these indicators, the report tells the state’s climate change story, starting with the human influences on climate, or “drivers,” followed by the changes in climate Californians have been experiencing, and then their consequences on the physical environment, on plant and animal species, and on human health. The fourth edition of the report contains a new section highlighting how California Tribes have witnessed climate change. Eight Tribes provide accounts of their unique experiences, including the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

August 2022

Accessing Tribal Climate and Health Resilience Data: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Exposures, Impacts, and Strategies Inventory (EISI) tool is a free customizable tool that supports Tribal communities that are conducting adaptation planning. Follow along with our Step-by-Step Guidebook to learn how to request data directly from the California Tribal Epidemiology Center and how to use the EISI Adaptation Tool to plan for your Tribe.

August 2021

The Status of Tribes and Climate Change Report (STACC)

The Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report seeks to uplift and honor the voices of Indigenous peoples across the U.S. to increase understanding of Tribal lifeways, cultures, and worldviews, the climate change impacts Tribes are experiencing, the solutions they are implementing, and ways that all of us can support Tribes in adapting to our changing world.
This report was convened by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program and written by the STACC Working Group. Find out more information about the working group by clicking here.

June 2021

Protecting Tribal Health in Crisis: Translating COVID Lessons into Climate Preparation in Indian Country

The Tribal Climate Health Project is pleased to publish a report compiling resourceful approaches to crisis response in Indigenous communities over the last year and half. Titled “Protecting Tribal Health in Crisis: Translating COVID Lessons into Climate Preparation in Indian Country,” the report considers how new knowledge, lessons, examples, and practices emerging from COVID response efforts can help Tribes strengthen preparedness for future emergencies, including climate change. Through research, literature review, surveys, workshops, and interviews, the Tribal Climate Health Project identified real world examples of replicable practices in the following areas that can serve to build Tribal resilience to both pandemic and climate emergencies now and in the future:

⦁ Emergency Planning and Operations
⦁ Storage and Distribution of Key Supplies
⦁ Health and Service Coordination
⦁ Community Engagement and Education
⦁ Data Tracking
⦁ Reliable Broadband and Information Systems
⦁ Housing and Economic Support

An overarching recommendation of the report encourages Tribal leaders to take the time to intentionally process and digest the lessons learned from COVID in order to better position themselves to leverage new practices, investments, and knowledge towards climate preparation.

April 2021

Podcast: Come Rain or Shine - Drought Impacts on Mental Health

Drought impacts more than our physical world – the psychological impacts of drought are also very real. Crop damage or failure, running out of forage for livestock, the loss of culturally important natural resources, and many other drought-related effects can lead to stress, anxiety, and a deep sense of loss. Sometimes it’s hard to know who to talk to or what resources are available. In this episode, we talk to three experts on this topic and discuss some strategies for coping and what you can do to help support others in your community.

December 2020

How Indigenous Communities Are Adapting To Climate Change: Insights From The Climate-Ready Tribes Initiative

Climate change directly threatens human health, with substantial impacts on Indigenous peoples, who are uniquely vulnerable as climate-related events affect their practices, lifeways, self-determination, and physical and cultural health. At the same time, Indigenous communities are leading the way in innovative health-related climate change adaptation work, using traditional knowledges and novel approaches. In 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Indian Health Board created the Climate-Ready Tribes Initiative to support these efforts. The initiative has funded tribes, shared information nationally, and supported a learning cohort, resulting in pioneering work to protect health from climate hazards. We describe how two tribes—the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community—implemented their Climate-Ready Tribes Initiative projects, and we provide recommendations for making climate and health policy more effective for tribes. Lessons learned from the Climate-Ready Tribes Initiative can inform climate and health policy and practice nationwide.

June 2019

Chemşhúun Pe’ícháachuqeli (When our Hearts are Happy): A Tribal Psychosocial Climate Resilience Framework

Chemşhúun Pe’ícháachuqeli, Pala’s Tribal Psychosocial Climate Resilience Framework, is designed to help Pala and other communities consider how to safeguard mental and emotional wellbeing when preparing for the impacts of climate change. This report is part of Pala’s National Indian Health Board (NIHB) funded Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which incorporates health and wellbeing strategies.