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Regional Resources: Northwest and Rocky Mountains

The Northwest and Rocky Mountain BIA regions serve 54 Tribes in 22 local agencies throughout the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The region has warmed substantially—nearly 2°F since 1900—and this warming is partially attributable to human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases. Average winter precipitation is expected to increase over the long term, but year-to-year variability in precipitation is also projected to increase. Years of abnormally low precipitation and extended drought conditions are expected to occur throughout the century, and extreme events, like heavy rainfall associated with atmospheric rivers, are also anticipated to occur more often (NCA4, Ch. 24). Tribes in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions depend on natural resources, both on and off reservations, and are among the first to experience climate impacts. In the United States, the history of colonization, coupled with ongoing management barriers (such as land fragmentation and limited authority and control over natural resources) has led to many challenges for Tribal and Indigenous climate adaptation (NCA4, Ch. 24).

Northwest: Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

Tribes in the BIA Northwest region are served by the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center partnering with Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

Amelia Marchand
Email: amarchand@atnitribes.org

Northwest: Bureau of Indian Affairs

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

Matthew Laramie (main)
Email: Matthew.Laramie@bia.gov
Phone: 208-830-8530

Coral Avery (alternate)
Email: Coral.Avery@bia.gov
Phone: 505-917-5536

Rocky Mountain: Resources

 

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

Organization Resources

 

 

Rocky Mountain: Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

The BIA Rocky Mountain region is served by the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center partnering with Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance.

Stefan Tangen
Email: Stefan.G.Tangen@gmail.com
Phone: 907-987-5127

Kynser Wahwahsuck
Email: Kynser.Wahwahsuck@colorado.edu
Phone: 913-704-5690

Rocky Mountain: Bureau of Indian Affairs

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

Matthew Laramie (main)
Email: Matthew.Laramie@bia.gov
Phone: 208-830-8530

Frank “Desi” Rollefson (alternate)
Email: Frank.Rollefson@bia.gov
Phone: 406-247-7946

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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