Welcome to the Colville Tribes Climate Change Page
This page is maintained by the Colville Tribes Climate Change Planning Group and is provided as an education and outreach resource for those who wish to learn more about climate change and the ongoing work of the Tribe’s Climate Change Steering Committee. Our goal with this page is to increase understanding of the current and projected climate change impacts on the reservation and within our traditional territories, and to assist departments and individuals in developing effective adaptation strategies. You are encouraged to visit the links on this site to learn more about climate change and how you can get involved.
What is Climate Change?
Climate change refers to long-term shifts in weather on a global scale or for a particular region. When we speak of weather, we’re speaking about discrete observations of the weather outside right now. Climate refers to long term trends in weather. Climate studies take into account thousands of weather observations over time and uses statistical analysis to identify long term trends.
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UPPER COLUMBIA UNITED TRIBES (UCUT) CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP
October 2016 the Colville Tribes co-presented with UCUT two and a half days of Climate Change Workshops . Twelve presenters gave their views on climate change and its upcoming impacts to our land, our future generations, wildlife, fish and water, as well as the roles of Native Tribes in helping shape Climate Change policies and planning.
Andrea Rodgers, Western Environmental Law Center PDF
Michael Durglo, Confederated Salish and KootenaiTribes PDF
Amelia Marchand, Water Regulatory Specialist at Colville Confederated Tribes PDF
Don Sampson, ATNI Climate Change Project CoordinatorPDF
Dr. Crystal Kolden, U of I, Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences PDF
March 14-16 the Colville Confederated Tribes hosted the 2017 INSTITUTE FOR TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS (ITEP) Climate Change Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation.
The workshops provided an overview to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes. The course is was intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who are or will be involved in climate change adaptation planning.
Topics included: Climate change in the Pacific Northwest, the process of developing climate change adaptation plans, climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation strategies.
Earth Day 2017
Earth Day celebration a success
Story by: Jacob Wagner, The Star Newspaper, Grand Coulee Dam, WA
The Colville Confederated Tribes held their eighth annual Earth Day celebration on Friday at the Nespelem Pow Wow grounds. Those attending learned about the environment and what we can do to help it.
Many people of all ages attended on the sunny day and enjoyed the roughly 40 booths, free stuff, large amount of raffle prizes, free hot dogs, dancing, drumming, and more.
There were many interactive and educational booths at the event which taught people about recycling, fire safety, clean energy, pollution, traditional and native plants, invasive plants and species, and more.
"The message was well received," said Joaquin Bustamante, Recycling Manager for the Recycling Program, who helped organize the event. "Everybody has really understood that we have to recycle."
Children planted flowers in Dixie cups, made peanut-butter pinecone birdfeeders, and played with rocks and sand in a tray with water pumping through it to understand waterflow and build their own dams. They cranked a handle which showed the resistance of clean energy versus non-renewable energy.
A "Swoosh Machine," set up by the Fish & Wildlife department, demonstrated how fish could be vacuumed past dams, as opposed to building fish ladder systems. The demonstrators placed foam balls into a vacuum tube that quickly transported the balls roughly 50 feet to the other side of the device.
Many prizes were given away at the event in a raffle drawing, including a Traeger grill valued at $800 donated by Coulee Hardware, which went to Scott Conant, and a recliner chair from Loepp Furniture, which went to Maurice Circle.
An estimated 1,500 people attended the event, including more than 500 students from Lake Roosevelt, Omak, Pascal Sherman, Keller, and Nespelem schools. "There were definitely more people than last year," Bustamante said. "We even ran out of food and sodas."
Keller Elementary school won a winner-takes-all penny drive event, in which students collect change, and won over $1,000, beating out Inchelium, Pascal Sherman, Nespelem, and Lake Roosevelt schools.
The event was held using donations from around 40 different companies near and far, small and large, and was organized by the Colville Tribal Recycling Program, Environmental Trust Department, and Colville Indian Housing. "Kathy Moses and Shelly Clark did an awesome job," said Bustamante. "It was a huge, huge success."