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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States

Impacts, Experiences and Actions

  • Julie Koppel Maldonado
  • Benedict Colombi
  • Rajul Pandya

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Kathy Lynn, John Daigle, Jennie Hoffman, Frank Lake, Natalie Michelle, Darren Ranco et al.
    Pages 37-48
  3. Patricia Cochran, Orville H. Huntington, Caleb Pungowiyi, Stanley Tom, F. Stuart Chapin III, Henry P. Huntington et al.
    Pages 49-59
  4. K. Cozzetto, K. Chief, K. Dittmer, M. Brubaker, R. Gough, K. Souza et al.
    Pages 61-76
  5. Julie Koppel Maldonado, Christine Shearer, Robin Bronen, Kristina Peterson, Heather Lazrus
    Pages 93-106
  6. Garrit Voggesser, Kathy Lynn, John Daigle, Frank K. Lake, Darren Ranco
    Pages 107-118
  7. John T. Doyle, Margaret Hiza Redsteer, Margaret J. Eggers
    Pages 135-147

About this book


With a long history and deep connection to the Earth’s resources, indigenous peoples have an intimate understanding and ability to observe the impacts linked to climate change. Traditional ecological knowledge and tribal experience play a key role in developing future scientific solutions for adaptation to the impacts. The book explores climate-related issues for indigenous communities in the United States, including loss of traditional knowledge, forests and ecosystems, food security and traditional foods, as well as water, Arctic sea ice loss, permafrost thaw, and relocation. The book also highlights how tribal communities and programs are responding to the changing environments. Fifty authors from tribal communities, academia, government agencies, and NGOs contributed to the book.

Previously published in Climatic Change, Volume 120, Issue 3, 2013.


Changing Streamflow Climate Adaptation Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples of the USA Climate Change and Tribal Communities Climate Change in Alaska Traditional Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation Tribal Traditional Water Resources and American Indians

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie Koppel Maldonado
    • 1
  • Benedict Colombi
    • 2
  • Rajul Pandya
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyAmerican UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.American Indian StudiesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA

About the editors

Fifty authors from tribal communities, academia, government agencies and NGOs contributed to the book, which explores climate-related issues in indigenous communities in the U.S., including loss of traditional knowledge, forests and ecosystems; food security and traditional foods and water, Arctic sea ice loss, permafrost thaw and relocation.

Bibliographic information

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From the book reviews:

“The articles in this collection lend timely evidence and detailed research to individuals and organizations seeking new solutions to the climate change crisis. They offer new paradigms for viewing ecological shifts, and negotiating the relationship between lawmakers, environmental scientists, and tribes indigenous to the United States. It also offers new and useful vocabulary for future researchers and policy makers … . this book will undoubtedly support and inspire further research.” (Rose Sayre, Natural Hazards Observer, Vol. XXXIX (3), January, 2015)