Request for Input: STACC Report 2024

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 2/20/2024
Opportunity Type: Other
Organization/Grantor: Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Position/Title/Fund: Request for Input: STACC Report 2024
Deadline: February 26, 2024
Contact Info: Bazile Minogiizhigaabo Panek, Indigenous Consultant: [email protected]

The Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) report seeks to uplift the voices of Tribes/Indigenous Peoples on the problems of and solutions to climate change in the context of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. The report is convened by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and is published approximately every two years. The first volume was published in 2021.

A key component of the report, that distinguishes it from most other such efforts, is the inclusion of firsthand narratives sharing experiences of responding to climate change. In recognition of your deep understanding and active involvement in addressing climate change impacts and solutions, particularly from an Indigenous and/or Indigenous-ally perspective, we would like to invite you to share a narrative for the second volume of the STACC report. More details about both the report and narratives are provided below. If you choose to submit a narrative, you will be asked to review the below information and sign the form at the end to indicate that you understand how the narrative you provide will be used and that you are voluntarily providing a narrative. The narratives are due on February 26th.

Who is creating this report?

This report is being convened by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Tribes and Climate Change Program (TCCP) with support from the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience. A diverse Steering Committee is leading the report development. There are over 40 authors contributing to the report, in addition to the narrative authors.

What is the purpose of this report?

The STACC report seeks to uplift the voices of Tribes/Indigenous Peoples on the problems of and solutions to climate change in the context of the Indigenous peoples in the United States. The STACC report is designed to achieve this goal by having a large and diverse team of authors, as well as including firsthand personal narratives of Indigenous persons or tribal staff members who are working directly on climate change issues, and having multiple layers of peer review from recognized specialists, including reviews by members of tribal communities. STACC will be a public report with a broad audience, including tribes, resource managers, and it will possibly be used by a number of different decision-makers and others who can benefit from learning more about what Indigenous peoples are doing to understand and address climate change. The report's audience could use the report in multiple ways, including education, guidance, policy-making, and grant writing, among other uses. The report and narratives may also be cited in journal articles and reports such as the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA)

The personal narratives that will start each of the chapters are intended to elevate the impact of the report and provide context, and not to serve as evidence for a scientific claim. The narratives may be referred to in the text of the chapter as examples of points made by the authors. Narratives are intended to provide an opportunity to share first-hand experiences of impacts from and responses to climate change, from an Indigenous perspective.

What am I being invited to do?

You are being invited to submit a written or oral narrative of your experiences related to climate change impacts and/or responses, within a given topic area or sector.  Narratives can be written (maximum of 500 words), audio recordings (5-10 minutes), or video recordings (5-10 minutes). Content over the maximums may be condensed. Audio and video recordings have the chance to be posted for access on ITEP’s Youtube channel and linked to the STACC website as audio or video files. We will attempt to include all narratives received in the report, however we cannot guarantee their inclusion in the final publication. The topic areas for which we are seeking narratives include:

  • Defining Indigenous Knowledge Systems & Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Preserving, Protecting, and Honoring Indigenous Knowledges
  • Cultural Preservation and Revitalization in the Face of Climate Change
  • Indigenous Water Justice
  • Cultural Burning/Good Fire
  • Young Leaders and Their Roles in Climate Action
  • Legal Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous-Led Conservation
  • Indigenous-Led Conservation
  • Economic Impacts on and Possibilities for Indigenous Communities
  • Indigenous Ways of Not Knowing/Humility Within Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Upon receipt, all written narratives will be reviewed for clarity and writing errors, and any suggested edits will be sent back to the contributor for approval. During the peer review process, no further edits will take place.

The contributor of the narrative will be listed as the narrative author and will also be cited as an author within the chapter as a whole. Contributors will receive an electronic copy of the report after it is published.

What are the possible risks and discomforts?

This report will be a public document and we ask that you not include any sensitive, private, or sacred information. Furthermore, we cannot control the use of the final report’s information after publication.

Are there any benefits from taking part in this report?

Potential benefits of contributing to the STACC Report include, but are not limited to:

  • Fostering a community of practice
  • Inspiring others to action
  • Communicating to policy makers the gravity of the impacts that tribes are experiencing and the innovativeness of the solutions they are implementing
  • Expanding awareness of climate change impacts to tribes across sectors