Climate change an extra burden for Native Americans

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Because tribal lands are particularly prone to drought, flooding, wildfires and other weather extremes, American Indian tribes suffer disproportionately from the impacts of climate change, according to a new study from the National Wildlife Federation and other groups. Among the study’s recommendations are an increase in federal funds for climate adaptation programs on tribal lands; greater exploitation of renewable resources on Indian reservations; and stronger collaboration among tribes on natural resources and climate change programs.