ITEP Climate Change contacts:
Feel free to contact the following people if you have any questions about this website or ITEP's other Climate Change projects.

Mehrdad Khatibi 928/523-0946 Director
Sue Wotkyns 928/523-1488 Program Manager
Dennis Wall 928/714-1906 Editor
Mansel Nelson 928/523-1275 K-12 Climate Change education and outreach
Ty Jones 928/523-1326 Webmaster
Cristina Gonzalez-Maddux 928/523-8785 Research Specialist

Special thanks to NAU graduate students Catherine Woodwell, Larissa Sommer, and Stan Tallman for their contribution to research and content development for this website.

The organizations and agencies listed below are working with tribes on climate change issues:


» National

» Alaska

» Pacific Northwest

» Southwest and Great Basin

» Prairies and High Plains

» Great Lakes region

» Gulf Coast and Eastern Woodlands

» Northeast

National:    [Top]
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
    Sean Hart, Climate Change Coordinator,

  • Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT)
    Advice and support for Tribes in developing and sustaining long-term energy goals. *

  • First Stewards
    First Stewards Inc seeks to unite indigenous voices to collaboratively advance adaptive climate change strategies to sustain and secure our cultures and strengthen America's resiliency and ability to adapt to climate change by holding symposia, and cultivating sustainable projects and educational opportunities within indigenous communities.

    Membership association of local governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development.

  • Indigenous Environmental Network
    International climate policy work, climate resolution for tribes.

  • Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Restoration Network
    Eco-cultural restoration, traditional ecological knowledge.

  • Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
    ITEP serves tribes through outstanding, culturally-relevant education and training that increase environmental capacity and strengthen sovereignty. Climate Change Program provides trainings, assistance, and resources to tribes on climate change issues. Resources include the Tribes & Climate Change website, Tribal Climate Change Newsletter, tribal adaptation planning toolkit, fact sheets, and more.
    Sue Wotkyns, Climate Change Program Manager,

  • Intertribal Timber Council
    Explores issues and identifies practical strategies and initiatives to promote social, economic and ecological values while protecting and utilizing forests, soil, water, and wildlife. *

  • Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
    Conservation-science partnerships between the USFWS, USGS and other federal agencies, states, tribes, NGOs, universities and stakeholders within geographically defined areas. They inform resource management decisions to address landscape-scale stressors—including habitat fragmentation, genetic isolation, spread of invasive species, and water scarcity—all of which are accelerated by climate change. Has links to the LCCs*

  • National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (USGS)
    Provides climate change information, development of adaptive management strategies, identifies research and monitoring priorities. Has links to the regional Climate Science Centers.

  • National Congress of American Indians
    Serves as major national tribal government organization; monitors federal policy and coordinates efforts to inform federal decisions that affect tribal government interests. Source of information on tribal climate change policy issues.

  • National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
    Provides dynamic and easily accessible drought information for the US.

  • National Wildlife Federation-Tribal Partnerships Program
    Garrit Voggesser, National Director, Tribal Partnerships,

  • ONR - Our Natural Resources
    An alliance of tribal natural resources organizations and tribes committed to develop and advance a national tribal natural resources strategy.

  • Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center (TCERC)
    Collaborative, multi-disciplinary center that combines the intellectual and physical resources of tribes, Northern Arizona University, private industry and national laboratories. Part of the Institute for tribal Environmental professionals at Northern Arizona University.

  • US Dept. of Agriculture--Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

  • US Dept. of Energy Tribal Energy Program
    Promotes tribal energy sufficiency, economic growth and employment on tribal lands through the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

  • US Dept. of Energy—Wind Powering America: Wind Power for Native Americans
    Anemometer loan program, newsletter, case studies, resources and tools.

  • US Department of Interior (DOI) Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS)
    Advises the Secretary of the Interior on the establishment and operations of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs).

  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Various offices within EPA provide information, resources, and assistance related to climate change.

  • US EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program
    Provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments. Listserve shares news of important developments in climate change and clean energy policies, programs, and opportunities.

  • US Forest Service—Climate Change
    USFS has several inter-related programs to help forests, grasslands and humans mitigate and adapt to global climate change. *

  • US Geological Survey Native American Tribal Liaison Team

Alaska:    [Top]
  • Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy –ACCAP (Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks)
    Climate information, climate change impacts, webinars

  • Alaska Climate Change Strategy
    Immediate Action Work Group: Deals with the early assessment and development of an action plan addressing climate change impacts on coastal and other vulnerable communities in Alaska.

  • Alaska Climate Science Center
    Scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

  • Climate, Ecosystems, and Human Health Work Group:
    Interagency-led group that focuses on addressing ecosystem impacts to human health resulting from a changing climate.

  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)--Center for Climate and Health
    CCH works closely with governments at the local and regional level, academic institutions and public and private organizations to understand local changes and to develop strategies that encourage wellness, resilience and sustainability. CCH is performing comprehensive local and regional surveys of health effects related to climate change, and also provides consultation on climate adaption and mitigation.

  • Cold Climate Housing Research Center
    Facilitates the development, use, and testing of sustainable, durable, healthy, and cost-effective building technologies for people living in the Circumpolar North.

  • US EPA Region 10 Pacific Northwest Climate Change

Pacific Northwest:    [Top]
  • Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
    Nonprofit organization representing 57 Northwest tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, southeast Alaska, Northern California and Western Montana. *

  • Climate Impacts Group--CIG (University of Washington)
    Climate-based natural resource forecasts and planning tools for resource managers, presentations, and technical assistance, for Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission--CRITFC
    Intertribal organization of Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes, working on fisheries management issues. *

  • Northwest Climate Science Center
    Scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

  • Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
    Support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington; assists member tribes in their role as natural resources co-managers. *

  • Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development--Northwest SEED
    Works collaboratively with communities, including tribes, in the Pacific Northwest, implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

  • Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (Oregon State University)
    Climate change information for Oregon. *

  • Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Network
    PNW Tribal Climate Change Network fosters communication between tribes, agencies, and other entities about climate change policies, programs, and research needs pertaining to tribes and climate change. *
    Kathy Lynn, Tribal Climate Change Project Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program, University of Oregon,

  • Skagit Climate Science Consortium (SC2)
    Group of research scientists from federal, state, municipal, tribal, and university and non-governmental organizations working in the Skagit basin in northwestern Washington.

  • US EPA Region 10

  • West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum
    EPA-led Forum workgroup and annual meeting are targeted toward state, local, and tribal government managers and staff who work on climate, pollution prevention, solid waste, sustainability, policy and facility issues.

Southwest and Great Basin:    [Top]
  • California Nevada Applications Program (CNAP) and the California Climate Change Center (CCCC) (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Univ. of California—San Diego)
    Climate information for California and Nevada decision makers

  • Climate Assessment for the Southwest--CLIMAS (Univ. of Arizona)
    climate information, from peer-reviewed publications to monthly outlooks to decision support tools, for Arizona and New Mexico.

  • Southwest Climate Science Center
    Provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

  • Southwest Tribal Climate Change Network
    Group that shares information and resources for tribal climate change efforts in Arizona and New Mexico. Includes AZ and NM tribes and tribal organizations, the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), and other federal agencies and organizations.
    Sue Wotkyns, Climate Change Program Manager, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

  • USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
    The Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Program has Climate Change as one of its focal areas.

  • US EPA Clean Energy and Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest

  • West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum
    EPA-led partnership of western cities and states that are developing and sharing ways to integrate lifecycle materials management policies and practices into climate actions.

  • Western Water Assessment (Univ. of Colorado and NOAA)
    Information about natural climate variability and human-caused climate change, forecasts and outlooks, for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

Prairies and High Plains:    [Top]
  • Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (Intertribal COUP)
    Provides a strong voice for tribal sustainable energy policies focusing on the development of renewable energy on tribal lands, renewable energy policy issues that affect tribes at the state and national level, the development of energy-efficient and sustainable housing, and the links between clean energy and the promotion of economic and social justice.
    Bob Gough, Secretary,

  • North Central Climate Science Center
    Scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

  • South Central Climate Science Center
    Scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

  • Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program—SCIPP (Univ. of Oklahoma)
    Climate information for Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

  • US EPA Region 8

Great Lakes region:    [Top]

Gulf Coast and Eastern Woodlands:    [Top]

Northeast:    [Top]
  • Climate Change Institute (Univ. of Maine)
    Research on variability of Earth’s climate, ecosystems, and other environmental systems, and on the interaction between humans and the natural world.

  • Northeast Climate Science Center
    Scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

* This item was added to the website with support from the US Forest Service and Sustainable Northwest.

©2002 Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals & Northern Arizona University
Last updated: February 21, 2014