Home Office announces funding for tribal communities to fight climate change

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Tribal nations across the country have the opportunity to receive funding to address the unique impacts of climate change on their communities.

“As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, indigenous communities face unique climate-related challenges that pose existential threats to tribal economies, infrastructure, lives and livelihoods,” he said. said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. in a report.

The Department of the Interior announced this month that it will invest $46 million in funding for tribal communities under the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Climate Resilience Program.

And it will support collaborative and community-led planning, resettlement spending, infrastructure investment and other forms of assistance to tribal communities, according to a press release.

“Coastal communities face flooding, erosion, permafrost subsidence, sea level rise and storm surges, while inland communities face worsening drought and extreme heat,” Haaland said. “President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act historic investments in tribal communities will help build community resilience, replace aging infrastructure, and provide needed support for community-driven resettlement and adaptation and climate-related.

Tribes and tribal organizations will be able to submit proposals to the program in 13 different categories related to climate adaptation; ocean and coastal management; relocation, managed retreat or protection in place; and internships and youth engagement.

In 2021, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program provided over $13 million in funding for 135 awards.

Funding for the 2022 program was made available through President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the 2022 fiscal year appropriations to the Department of the Interior.

“Funding in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act is critical to advancing the whole-of-government approach to supporting and empowering tribal communities as they simultaneously face environmental impacts on physical, cultural and livelihood infrastructure,” said Assistant Indian Affairs Secretary Bryan Newland. in a press release.

The Ministry of the Interior is now accept proposals tribes and tribal organizations to participate in the BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program.

According to the department, the program supports tribes as they prepare for the impacts of climate change on tribal treaties and trust resources, economies, regenerative agriculture and food sovereignty, conservation practices, infrastructure and human health and safety.

BIA spokesperson Joshua Barnet said the program’s funding opportunity this year is particularly noteworthy as it includes four new funding categories to integrate indigenous and traditional ecological knowledge and support resettlement and adaptation. climate-related communities.

“For the first time, we are able to not only fund planning, training and capacity building; but we are able to add implementation funding,” Barnett said in an email to the Arizona Mirror. “Tribes across the country can benefit from this funding for technical and financial assistance, access to scientific resources and educational opportunities.”

Funding is made available for project proposals that support tribal climate resilience as tribes integrate science, including indigenous and traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous languages ​​and technical information.

The program was established in 2011 to enable the integration of climate considerations into tribal resource management planning and decision-making, according to the BIA website.

Since 2011, the Tribal Climate Resilience Program has awarded more than $74 million to tribes and organizations.

“These funds are part of an ongoing commitment to support tribal communities as we work together to build climate resilience,” Barnett said. “To date, the program has funded over 250 tribal adaptation plans, vulnerability assessments, and risk assessments.”

For more information on the BIA Annual Awards Programvisit the BIA website and search for the Tribal Climate Resilience Program.

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