The four-part Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country webinar series provided tribal leaders an opportunity to share their insights, experiences, and ideas with President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
About the Series
The series consisted of four webinars held from April 3 to May 1, 2014. It was presented by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Environmental Quality in conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture, the Interior, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The webinars focused on topics and issues related to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, established by an Executive Order in November 2013. The Task Force is charged by the President with providing recommendations on “removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare, among other measures.” Indian Country is represented on this Task Force by two tribal leaders: Chairwoman Karen Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (MN), and Mayor Reggie Joule, Northwest Arctic Borough (AK). The webinar series was an effort to support education and outreach to Indian Country and provide tribal leaders with an opportunity to give feedback to the Task Force.