From its onset in 2012, the USGS-funded South Central Climate Science Center has included voices from over 50 Tribes and Pueblos across the south-central U.S. Integration of traditional knowledge, co-produced educational curricula, and production of decision products in partnership with Indigenous peoples has been one hallmark of the Climate Science Center and has led to tribal and intertribal leadership in vulnerability assessment and resilience planning. These practices have led to climate change education by tribal environmental professionals to their own governmental leaders, elders, and youth. In addition, it has allowed the Climate Science Center to employ over a dozen Native college students to conduct research, prepare materials for workshops, and help resolve questions from the Tribes and Pueblos.
This presentation will focus on how these relationships developed, how they evolved over time, and plans for future development of intertribal, topical communities of practice. It also will provide recommendations for how other weather and climate organizations may consider working with Indigenous experts and mentoring Native students.
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