New Report on Makah Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Resource Assessment

Current Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) Fellow Laura Nelson is an author on a new report about “Makah Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Resource Assessment: A preliminary framework to utilize traditional knowledge into climate change planning.” Many Indigenous communities are planning for the protection of their natural resources and cultures in the face of climate change. While outside assistance in adaptation planning can be helpful, not all communities have the financial resources or the desire to outsource the work. This report provides an example and potential framework for approaching adaptation from an Indigenous perspective, and for conducting a community-led process that incorporates Traditional Ecological Knowledge and community concerns and values throughout a climate adaption planning effort.

This work was funded by the Makah Tribe, the Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.

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