DEC 13 - 14, 2017 | Tulalip Resort Casino Tulalip, WA


Tribes and First Nations in the Pacific Northwest have made great progress in observing and documenting environmental change on their homelands, but climate change is increasing at a pace that challenges important ways of life. So Tribes and First Nations across the region are coming together to learn from past work and to discuss how to continue climate change studies to provide the support communities need to adapt and thrive for generations to come. This summit is being led by Tribes and First Nations for Tribal leadership and their staff.

Who Should Attend? Tribal elected and appointed leaders, resource managers, health specialists, traditional elders, scientists, students and practitioners will discuss current issues along four Summit Tracks:

Traditional Knowledge

Exploring the role of traditional knowledges in respectfully and appropriately addressing contemporary environmental change

Cultural Resources

Revealing experience on the land by discussing the shifting ranges and calendars of important resources

Becoming Resilient

Assessing vulnerability to environmental change and moving ahead with plans and adaptation actions

Advancing Policy

Identifying effective policy strategies to continue studying our environments and plan for a resilient future

Questions? Contact Peggy@seventhgenerationllc.com

Lodging & Shuttle Info:

  1. Phone:  1-888-272-1111
  2. To receive the reduced lodging rate of $169/night + tax, mention the ATNI Climate Workshop
  3. Hotel information link:  https://www.tulalipresortcasino.com/
  4. Shuttle information from SEATAC to Tulalip Resort Casino:  https://www.rome2rio.com/s/SeaTac/Tulalip-Resort-Casino

Scholarship Request: 2017 Tribal & First Nations Climate Summit
IMPORTANT!!! Fill out this form ONLY if you are requesting a scholarship to help pay for costs related to the conference indicated below.



Tribal Climate Camp (TCC)

July 30 – Aug 4, 2017

University of Washington, Pack Forest Conference Center, Eatonville, Washington

*TCC is organized through a collaboration of Tribal and Non-tribal partners

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), Institute for Tribal Government (ITG), United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), and the Department of the Interior's (USDI) Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are collaborating to offer Tribal Climate Camp (TCC) to support teams of tribal leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop tribal policy needed to address climate change impacts.


If you are interested in having a team attend this, or a future year’s camp, contact: 

Don Sampson, ATNI Climate Change Project Coordinator [don@seventhgenerationllc.com] or  

Steve Daley-Laursen, TCC Director [stevendl@uidaho.edu]

If you are interested in learning more about TCC curriculum, contact: 

Kyle Powys Whyte, Chair, TCC Program Committee [kwhyte@msu.edu]

If you have a question related to travel, location, or any other question, contact: 

Arwen Bird, TCC Coordinators [arwen@wovenstrategies.com] or Peggy Harris [peggy@seventhgenerationllc.com] 

TTCC Goals and Objectives are based in understanding Native climate sensitivity

Native communities are among the most climate-sensitive groups within the Northwest, Southern and Eastern regions of the United States. Increasing the resilience of tribal governments and native communities is critical to prepare for future climate change scenarios.



ATNI Climate Change Project Goals

ATNI, in partnership with the Institute for Tribal Government, established the ATNI Climate Change Project in June, 2014
Ensure ATNI member Tribes are engaged and aware of the federal/state/tribal climate change programs;
Serve as a clearing house for and coordinator of tribal and intertribal efforts;
Support ATNI’s participation in regional, national, and international climate policy, adaptation, and mitigation efforts
Support ATNI member Tribes in identifying and securing Climate Change funding to build tribal capacity

Tribal Climate Change Policy Principles

Vision: Provide guidance to the federal government in developing and implementing administrative and legislative actions related to Indigenous Peoples and climate change.


National Congress of American Indians
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

BIA Climate Resiliency 

ATNI-USET Bi-Coastal Collaborative Project – Tribal Leaders Summit, Workshops, and Tribal Climate Camp
ATNI Climate Change Management/Research Internships and Youth Education
ATNI Travel Support to engage with regional and national climate change forums
Partnership with Pacific NW Tribal Climate Project – University of Oregon
Tribal Liaison for NW Climate Science Center
Columbia River Tribal Climate Change Capacity Assessment
Helped fund Nooksack Project (2015) and Point No Point Treaty Council Project (2016)

Building Regional Capacity - ATNI Climate Change Internships and Youth Engagement Initiative 2016

Six Climate Change Management & Research Internships

Provide employment, training, and travel support to provide 3 management internships and 3 research internships

BIA Northwest Region Office – Portland (David Redhorse), the ATNI Portland office, North Pacific LCC (John Mankowski), Wisdom of the Elders – Portland (Atah Cocker and Karlen Yallup) – Looking for Tribal partners for summer 2017

Youth Engagement Project                

ATNI Tribal youth engagement project in collaboration with the Wisdom of the Elders and Puyallup Tribe. Developed 2 films on tribal climate impacts.

CC Culture from Wisdom of the Elders on Vimeo.

Ericha's Huckleberry Project from Wisdom of the Elders on Vimeo.


Presented by ATNI youth at the 2nd Annual Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change on September 13 & 14th. Available on ATNI Website for tribes to use.


2nd Annual Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change (Sept 14-15, 2016) partnered w/ Tulalip Tribe, hosted by Lummi

Best practices and approaches to address climate change impacts to Tribes and tribal communities
Discuss strategies to protect Tribal treaty rights and trust resources
Need for immediate government-government consultation on climate impacts and programs
Tribes must be consulted with on funding and allocation to better meet tribal needs
Establish a National Tribal Climate Workgroup (ATNI reps)
ATNI Resolution to be presented for approval Thursday

Regional Outreach: ATNI & Pacific NW Tribal Climate Project Partnership

The PNW Tribal Climate Project provides the following services to NW Tribes & ATNI:
Task 1. Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Network
Facilitation of monthly Tribal Climate Change Network calls and meeting minutes. PNW Tribal Climate Change Webpage - ATNI added as a partner to the Tribal Climate Change Project in the website header
Task 2. Climate Science Connections Database
Development and update of the Climate-Science Connections Database for Tribes (ATNI will be added as a partner to the Tribal Climate Change Guide).
Task 3. Assist with outreach for ATNI Climate Change Initiatives
Dissemination of information about all ATNI climate change initiatives through the PNW Tribal Climate Change Network, website and regular email bulletins.

Contacts on Climate Principles

Robert Gruenig, Tribal Environmental Policy Center, bgruenig@tribalepc.org

Kathy Lynn, University of Oregon, kathy@uoregon.edu

Gary Morishima,  Quinault Indian Nation, morikog@aol.com

Garrit Voggesser, National Wildlife Federation, voggesser@nwf.org

Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University, kwhyte@msu.edu


ATNI & USET Bi-Coastal Climate Change Workshop 2016 | Oneida, NY 2016

Powerpoint Presentations attached below:


Climate Change