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Climate Change and Tribes and Indigenous Peoples: Findings from the Fourth National Climate Assessment

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET 


US Global Change Research Program and NOAA's National Ocean Service Science Seminar; coordinators are and Katie Reeves. <>
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The Nation's authoritative assessment of climate impacts, the Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol. II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States (NCA4 Vol. II) was released in November 2018. This presentation will address the impacts of climate change on tribes and indigenous peoples in the United States.


Rachael Novak, Navajo (Diné) is Coordinator of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program (Acting) and also serves as the Tribal Resilience Science Coordinator. Her first clan is Tse' Deeshgizhnii (Gap in the Rock Clan) and her maternal grandfather's clan is Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan). At BIA, she leads efforts to support tribal resilience including the annual competitive funding opportunity for tribal adaptation planning and the development of the Tribes and Indigenous Peoples Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment (as Coordinating Federal Lead Author). From 2008-2015, she worked on the development of water quality standards through the Clean Water Act at the Office of Water at the U.S. EPA in Washington, DC. She has an M.S. in geosciences from the University of Arizona and a B.S./B.A. in Environmental Science (geoscience track)/International Studies in Environmental Science from Oregon State University. She currently resides in Albuquerque, NM with her husband and toddler.
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