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Regional Resources: Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains

The Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains regions together serve 44 Tribes through 9 local BIA agencies in Kansas, Texas and eastern Oklahoma. These regions experience weather that is dramatic and consequential; from hurricanes and flooding to heat waves and drought, its 34 million people, their infrastructure, and economies are often stressed, greatly impacting socioeconomic systems. The quality of life for the region’s residents is dependent upon resources and natural systems for the sustainable provision of our basic needs—food, energy, and water. Extreme weather and climate events have redistributed demands for consumption, production, and supply across these regions (NCA4, Ch. 23). Tribal and Indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to water resource constraints, extreme weather events, higher temperature, and other likely public health issues. Efforts to build community resilience can be hindered by economic, political, and infrastructure limitations, but traditional knowledge and intertribal organizations provide opportunities to adapt to the potential challenges of climate change (NCA4, Ch. 23).

Eastern Oklahoma: Resources

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

Eastern Oklahoma: Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

The BIA Eastern Oklahoma region is 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: DYvette.Wiley@ou.edu
Phone:918-549-8648

Eastern Oklahoma: Bureau of Indian Affairs

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

Sheena Schemm (main)
Email: Sheena.Schemm@bia.gov

Allison Ross (alternate)
Email: Allison.Ross@bia.gov
Phone: 918-781-4660

Southern Plains: Resources

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

Southern Plains: Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

The BIA Southern Plains region is 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: DYvette.Wiley@ou.edu
Phone: 918-549-8648

Southern Plains: Bureau of Indian Affairs

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

Sheena Schemm (main)
Email: Sheena.Schemm@bia.gov

Crystal Keys (alternate)
Email: Crystal.Keys@bia.gov
Phone: 405-247-1549

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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