Rising Voices: Seed Funding for Catalyzing Research and Action  
Congratulations to the following three teams which received seed funding to catalyze their projects and advance the ethos of the Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences. All entries for this funding opportunity represented important and cutting edge work that advances Indigenous science and action in the Earth sciences.

PROJECT: EXpanding adaPtivE Capacity Towards (EXPECT) Climate Change in Las Cabachuelas, Project Borinquen
Abstract: EXPECT project seeks to build community resilience and adaptive capacity in Las Cabachuelas Reserve and nearby areas and their residents in Borinquen (Puerto Rico). It aims to do so by focusing on climate change (e.g., flooding and landslide) and co-designing community-based hazards preparedness maps. Efforts will be in collaboration with Las Cabachuelas Project, a community-based cooperative, that promotes sustainable eco-tourism, research, and education about caves ecosystems. We seek to co-construct a map informed by traditional knowledge to strengthen place-attachment and develop place-feelings towards caves; this includes the implementation of virtual and field-based geospatial trainings and community
“walkabouts,” focusing in culturally and ecologically significant places imbued with storytelling.
Team: Ángel A. Garcia Jr., Ph.D. (PI; James Madison University), Aixa Alemán-Diaz, Ph.D. (Co-PI; Independent Scholar), José Santos-Valderrama, MTS (Las Cabachuelas Cooperative and Community Member), Myriam Rivera-Vázquez (Las Cabachuelas Cooperative), Joan M. Cruz-Santiago (Las Cabachuelas Cooperative and Community Member), Ángel A. Acosta-Colón (University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo) 
PROJECT: Enabling Tribal Data Sovereignty: Supporting Great Plains and Northern Rockies Tribes Data Needs
Abstract: Tribal nations require sound information for governance, ensuring the health and welfare of their citizens, and planning. Tribes face particular challenges in accessing, interpreting, utilizing, managing, and protecting data. Limited resources, fragmented / stovepiped federal programs supporting narrowly defined activities, lack of data sovereignty policies, and similar obstacles frustrate action. Ensuring true tribal sovereignty requires access to and the resources needed to effectively use data and information.  This project will further the establishment of a tribally-governed not-for-profit entity that offers human, technical, and financial resources to tribes and tribal programs for specific health, environmental, or socioeconomic data related problems in the Great Plains and Northern Rockies region. Our goal is to increase tribes’ ability to access, interpret and apply data for governance, planning, and for improving economic opportunity and tribal sustainability. Creation of a regional entity with technical skills, orientation to tribal needs / capacities, and adequate resources to support training and data sovereignty issues would enable regional tribal governments to serve their citizens more effectively, support planning, and improve daily life for thousands of Native Americans.
Team: James Rattling Leaf (PI, Rattling Leaf Consulting; USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center), Robin O’Malley (formerly with USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center; Robin O’Malley LLC), Chad McNutt (formerly with NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); co-founder Livestock Wx)
PROJECT: Blues to Bitterroots Coalition - Camas to Condors Project: Seasonal Round Trail Project – a Multicultural Collaboration for Climate Resilience
Abstract: The objective of this project is to develop a plan and vision for the Tribe and regional collaborators to work on landscape level planning efforts that focus on connectivity for wildlife, and on habitats that support traditionally harvested plant foods. This planning effort is a first step towards garnering support and obtaining adequate funding for meaningful restoration and mitigation efforts as part of the wildlife and gathering part of the adaptation plan.
To achieve this, we are working on building capacity to maintain a coalition of partners with the necessary skills, resources, and willingness to focus efforts on community resilience, along with culturally-centered and traditional knowledge informed restoration. The vision of the initial partners includes whole-landscape function (including hydrology and ecological connectivity), with initial efforts focused on critical linkages. These include the Nez Perce Precious Lands and its watershed, and keystone symbolic species such as camas, Coho salmon, and California condor.
The first project is a Seasonal Round Trail Project to help monitor changes to traditional foods, draw awareness to cultural survival, native plants, wildlife, and ecological integrity. Education, Cross-sectoral, cross-cultural collaboration, research, and community based planning are all critical to the success of this project.
Team: Tiyana Casey (PI, Independent Contractor), Stefanie Krantz (Nez Perce Tribe, Water Resources), Angela Sondenaa (Nez Perce Tribe, Department of Wildlife), Thomas Tall Bull (Nez Perce Tribe, Water Resources) AJ Whiteplume (Nez Perce Tribe, Water Resources) Josiah Pinkham (Nez Perce Tribe, Cultural Resources), Nakia Williamson (Nez Perce Tribe, Cultural Resources), Christina De Villier (Greater Hells Canyon Council), Jessie Grossman (Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative), David Mildrexler (Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands & Nez Perce Tribe)

Working Groups

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

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  
    NOAA Environmental Data Talks - Speaker Series Data, Diversity, and Disaster October 16, 2020

Annual  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:

2019 Bob Gough Public Symposium  
2020 Bob Gough Public Symposium
Bob Gough Tribute Video