WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a second national strategies workshop to
examine the impacts of climate change and extreme weather variability
on native peoples and their homelands. The workshop, which will study
the impacts from an indigenous cultural, spiritual and scientific
perspective, will take place Nov. 18 - 21 at the Mystic Lake Casino
Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn.
"This workshop will bring native indigenous knowledge together with
science, education, and technologies to address the challenges of
climate and environmental change," said Nancy Maynard of NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The workshop will help ensure participation by tribal colleges and
universities in the development of response and adaptation policies
and recommendations regarding climate change. The goal is to ensure
the survival of indigenous communities. The workshop is being held in
collaboration with the nation's 36 tribally-controlled colleges and
universities, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and
"Tribal college students represent many of the future tribal leaders
who will inherit the consequences of climate change and be
responsible for implementing the adaptation strategies," said Dan
Wildcat of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. "It is
critical that they have these kinds of opportunities to participate
in key climate change discussions and build their science,
technology, engineering and math skills."
For more information about the workshop, including registration