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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Adaptation International, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute - Oregon Climate Service, and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Created: 10/16/2019 - Updated: 10/16/2019

Abstract

The people of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have a long history of living in the southern portion of the Columbia Plateau. The area has a diverse array of natural resources and the Tribes’ connection with those resources can be seen through their on‐going connection with their First Foods. Water, salmon, game (deer and elk), roots (cous), and berries (huckleberry) are not just food sources, but are integral to the cultural, spiritual, and community identity of the Tribes. These foods depend on healthy and vibrant landscapes to thrive and those landscapes are changing as the climate of the region shifts.

CTUIR is already experiencing some of those changes. In order to respond to and better plan for the future, the CTUIR took action to assess the climate related vulnerability of key resources and assets that are important to tribal life. The results of this work are summarized in this report.

Published On

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Keywords

Scale: 
Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed: 
Culture/communities
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies

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