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Regional Resources: Eastern

The BIA Eastern Region serves agencies located in Cherokee, North Carolina; Hollywood, Florida; and Philadelphia, Mississippi. There are over 62,000 Tribal Members that make up the 34 Tribes under the Eastern Region’s jurisdiction. Despite covering twenty-seven states, there are only twelve states inhabited by Federally-recognized Tribes in the Eastern Region. Climate change impacts seasonal climate, natural systems, and accessibility of certain types of recreation in the Northeast through threats like declining snow and ice, rising sea levels, and rising temperatures (NCA4, Ch. 18). Southeast communities are at an increasing risk to heat, flooding, and vector-borne disease brought about by a changing climate (NCA4, Ch. 19).

Resources

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

United South and Eastern Tribes’ Resources

Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

Tribes in the BIA Eastern region living in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia are served by the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center partnering with United South & Eastern Tribes.

Casey Thornbrugh
Email: CThornbrugh@usetinc.org
Phone: 615-589-1629

Steph Courtney
Email: scourtney@usetinc.org
Phone: 608-436-3841

Tribes in the BIA Eastern region living in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are served by the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center partnering with United South & Eastern Tribes.

Casey Thornbrugh
Email: CThornbrugh@usetinc.org
Phone: 615-589-1629

Steph Courtney
Email: scourtney@usetinc.org
Phone: 608-436-3841

Tribes in the BIA Eastern region living in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio are served by the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center partnering with the College of the Menominee Sustainable Development Institute.

Sara Smith
Email: SSmith@Menominee.edu
Phone: 920-202-6278

Tribes in the BIA Eastern region living in the states of Louisiana are served by the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.

April Taylor
Supported by the Chickasaw Nation
Email: April.Taylor@Chickasaw.net
Phone: 580-235-7430

Yvette Wiley
Email: DonnaYWiley@gmail.com
Phone: 918-549-8648

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Connect with staff at the BIA regional office coordinating Tribal climate resilience activities:

Harold Peterson (main)
Email: Harold.Peterson@bia.gov
Phone: 615-564-6838

Chester McGhee (alternate)
Email: Chester McGhee@bia.gov
Phone:615-564-6838

Leonard “Lindy” Rawlings (alternate)
Email: Leonard.Rawlings@bia.gov
Phone: 615-564-6838

Contact Us

Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience
1001 Indian School Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. MST, Monday–Friday.

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