Working Groups

Convene each year at the Rising Voices annual workshops to discuss emerging issues & priorities around particular climate-connected topics:

  • Energy - discussion on a just transition away from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable energy
  • Health - discussion on individual, community, and cultural health (physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual) as this connects to climate, weather, and water
  • Phenology - discussion on the timing of natural events, in relation to climate and plant/animal lifecycles
  • Relocation/site expansion - discussion on issues around communities working on community-led relocation, resettlement, or expanding into a new or ancestral site when adapting in place no longer becomes an option  
           * Law and Policy on Adaptation and Relocation Meeting, Sept. 2019
  • Water - discussion on water quality and quantity issues

Rising Voices COVID-19 Working Group - The Working Group on Indigenous and Earth Sciences Knowledges and Practices in response to COVID-19 foregrounded Indigenous perspectives in defining research questions for potential intercultural collaboration between Indigenous and Earth sciences to drive urgent, culturally relevant and appropriate responses to COVID-19.  Working Group Report to the Natural Hazards Center CONVERGE program.

Conferences / Event Presentations

  • Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO), March 2014
  • Northwest Tribal Water Conference, Oct 2014
  • Shifting Seasons, Oct 2014
  • Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society Annual Conference (AMOS), February 2015
  • American Meteorological Society, January 2015
  • Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO), March 2015
  • Pacific Northwest Climate Change Tribal Network, Aug 2015
  • Southwest Climate Change Tribal Network, June 2015
  • American Anthropological Association, roundtable, November 2015
  • Society for Applied Anthropology, March 2016
  • American Meteorological Society, January 2016
  • Southwest Climate Change Tribal Network, Feb 2017
  • Society for Applied Anthropology, March 2017
  • American Anthropological Association, November 2017
  • American Geophysical Union Session, Poster, Thriving Earth Exchange workshop, December 2017
  • Conference on World Affairs, April 2018
  • Society for Applied Anthropology, March 2018
  • American Association for Geographers, April 2018 (or 2019?)
  • Mni Ki Wakan Summit, August 2019
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), October 2019
  • American Anthropological Association, Executive panel session, November 2019
  • Natural Hazards Workshop, Invited plenary session, July 2020

2019 Bob Gough “Climate Change is Inevitable, Adaptation is Optional” Public Symposium

The first Bob Gough Symposium was held the evening of May 15, 2019 at the Mesa Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Bob Gough, an attorney with graduate degrees in sociology and cultural anthropology, worked with American Indian Tribes on cultural and natural resource issues for over 40 years, served as the first director of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Utility Commission (1993-1996), and as Secretary of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy since 1994. He maintained a private law practice on Indigenous rights and conducted outreach activities to Native Alaskan and American Indian communities on behalf of the federal Wind Powering America program.

Bob co-chaired the US Global Change Research Program’s (USGCRP) “Native Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop” (NPNH) in 1998, and served on the NPNH2 steering committee (2009); was a lead author on the 2014 Third U.S. National Climate Assessment’s Indigenous Peoples, Lands and Resources Chapter; and cofounded the Rising Voices movement in 2013.

For more information see the links below:

Bob Gough Public Symposium
Bob Gough Tribute Video