Asserting Native Resilience
240 pages, 7 x 10
Release Date:01 Jun 2012

Asserting Native Resilience

Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis

Oregon State University Press

Indigenous nations are on the frontline of the climate crisis of the21st century with cultures and economies that are among themost vulnerable to climate-related catastrophes. Native peoples aroundthe Pacific Rim are also demonstrating historical resilience bydeveloping responses to climate change that can serve as a model forNative and non-Native communities alike. 

Native American nations in the Pacific Northwest and Indigenouspeoples around the Pacific Rim have been deeply affected by droughts,flooding, reduced glaciers and snowmelts that harm fish habitats,seasonal shifts in winds and storms, the northward shifting of specieson the land and in the ocean, and many other factors that affecttribes’ ability to continue cultural lifeways and treaty rights.Native peoples have survived the deep historical trauma and ecologicalwounds inflicted by colonization, epidemics, industrialization andurbanization. Indigenous peoples are creating defenses to harden theircommunities, mitigate losses, and adapt where possible, using tools ofresilience that can have historically enabled tribes to respond tosudden environmental changes.

This anthology reflects different perspectives on Indigenous responsesto the climate crisis, including the voices of traditional triballeadership, Native and non-Native scientists, scholars and activistsfrom the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Alaska, and Aotearoa /New Zealand. The book will be an important reference for students ofEnvironmental Studies, Native Studies, geography, rural sociology, andother disciplines examining climate change.
Alan Parker is executive director of the NorthwestIndian Applied Research Institute at Evergreen State College.Zoltán Grossman is a professor of geography and NativeAmerican and world indigenous peoples studies at Evergreen StateCollege in Olympia, Washington.

Tribute to RenéeKlosterman              

Foreword: Looking Ahead: Northwest Tribes’ Responses toClimate Change / Billy Frank, Jr. (Nisqually), Chair, North WestIndian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC)

Volume Introduction / Alan Parker (Chippewa-Cree), Evergreenfaculty, NIARI Director; Zoltán Grossman, Evergreen faculty, NIARIsenior research associate

Part 2:  Cultural Perspectives

Part Introduction

Indigenous Declarations on the Climate Crisis

Anchorage Declaration of Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on ClimateChange;

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change policypaper;

Mystic Lake Declaration of Native Peoples/ Native Homelands IIworkshop 2009;

Native Peoples/Native Homelands 1998 North American IndigenousConcerns

Alaska: Testimony from the Frontlines / Mike Williams (Yupiaq),co-chair of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council

Sharing One Skin / Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan Syilx),En’owkin Centre executive director, Penticton, BritishColumbia

Where Words Touch the Earth: Tribal Students Produce a ClimateChange Video on the Coast Salish Moons / Greg Mahle (Upper Skagit)and Lexie Tom (Lummi), Northwest Indian College, Lummi Nation

Watching for the Signs / Chief Willie Charlie, Chehalis(Sts’Ailes), First Nation Chief; Vice-President of Union of B.C.Indian Chiefs

Different Ways of Looking at Things / Larry Merculieff (Aleut),Seven Generations Consulting, Pribilof Islands, Alaska

Part 3:  Effects of the Climate Crisis

Part Introduction

Impacts on Northwest Tribes / Terry Williams (Tulalip) andPreston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes natural resources staff

Climate Change Implications for Quileute and Hoh Tribes ofWashington / Chelsie Papiez, Evergreen graduate student; NOAAFellow.

Maori Perspectives on Climate Change / Brett Ata Stephenson(Maori), Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the Maoriuniversity Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Impacts of Global Climate Change / Brad Burnham, Evergreengraduate student

Effects of Climate Change on Women's and Children'sHealth / Debra McNutt, Evergreen graduate student, for theCommunity Alliance and Peacemaking Project

Part 4:  Current Responses

Part  Introduction

Indigenous Responses to the International Climate Change Framework /Zoltán Grossman, Evergreen faculty, NIARI senior researchassociate

On Our Own Adapting to Climate Change / Rudolph C. Rÿser(Cowlitz), Chair, Center for World Indigenous Studies

Swinomish Climate Change Initiative / Excerpts from Draft ImpactAssessment Technical Report and Climate Adaptation Action Plan

Honorable Community Engagement / Shelly Vendiola(Swinomish/Lummi/Filipina), Swinomish Climate Change Initiative’sClimate Change Education and Awareness Group

Native Renewable Energies / Articles on the national overviewand Tulalip’s Qualco Energy biogas project

Part 5:  Possible Paths

Part Introduction

Kaua e mangere — Do Not Be Idle: Maori Responses in a Time ofClimate Change / Brett “Ata” Stephenson (Maori)environmental scientist

Potential Paths for Native Nations / Laural Ballew (Lummi) andRenée Klosterman, Evergreen graduate students

No Longer the “Miner’s Canary”: IndigenousNations’ Responses to Climate Change / Zoltán Grossman,Evergreen faculty, NIARI senior research associate

Recommendations to Indigenous Government Leadership / AlanParker (Chippewa-Cree), Evergreen faculty, NIARI Director

Back matter/Resources

Native Climate Change Resource Directory / Jamie Bown, Evergreenstudent, NIARI research associate, and Zoltán Grossman

Listing of Indigenous governments, NGOs and communities researchingand responding to climate change

Northwest Tribes: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

Community Organizing Booklet, edited by Debra McNutt, NIARI researchassociate

Contributors’ Biographies

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