The Quileute Tribe, like all governments, is tasked with protecting its citizens against the impacts of climate change. To that end, we have applied jointly and separately for grants in recent years, to fund studies of our natural resources (fish, game, plants, and water), and of risk to our shoreline and structures from more severe weather. In order to make the results of these studies available for future use, and to build on them as advisable, they are being uploaded to this website.
A number of federal, state, tribal, and non-profit groups have done significant work on climate change planning. While change is happening on a global scale, because of differences in geography, the impact is not uniform, either temporally or spatially. So the Treaty of Olympia Tribes (Quinault, Hoh, and Quileute) applied jointly for a BIA grant to assess the vulnerability of our natural resources. That work product is provided, below, for downloading (prepared by Oregon Climate Change Research Institute of Oregon State University). Further, we have prepared a plan in-house that is specific to Quileute, with EPA funds. While some web link references are to be found inside this EPA Climate Plan completed in 2016, attached below for downloading, we are also including direct links to other documents, on this website, for your convenience. In the EPA Climate Plan of 2016, specific references for future work are made, and can serve as launching points for new grants to implement these ideas, if so desired. The EPA project also provided funds for a contractor to prepare a report on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (also below).
It is important to understand that research on causes and solutions for climate change is relatively new and ongoing. So all material provided here should be considered “date-stamped” and the work is continuous, insofar as funding may be obtained for our own projects or to access other work. As new climate information relevant to our resources is completed, it will be uploaded as well.
Documents to download:
- Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Treaty of Olympia Tribes
A Report to the Quinault Indian Nation, Hoh Tribe, and Quileute Tribe, prepared by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, February 2016, with BIA funding. Circa 10 MB.
- Climate Plan for the Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation
Prepared by Katherine Krueger of QNR, September, 2016, with EPA funding. Circa 6 MB.
- Quileute Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change Documents Review for the Quileute Tribe
Prepared by Willamette Cultural Research Associates, Ltd. (Seattle and Portland firm), with EPA funding. Circa 1.6 MB.
Documents above, prepared by or for QNR: contact Frank Geyer, Deputy Director of QNR, firstname.lastname@example.org for referral on any questions.
- Quileute Tribe Hazard Mitigation Plan of 2015
Prepared by Northwest Tribal Communications for the Quileute Tribal Council. Circa 6.25 MB. Very large GIS files were also prepared for this, and are not uploaded here. If they need to be reviewed or accessed, contact the tribe’s Planning Director, Larry Burtness, email@example.com.
See also a recent update to Northern Arizona University’s tribal climate page:
Some links to documents on other websites:
(many are in the EPA Climate Plan footnotes or text)
State and Local
(private or government-supported)
(some materials were not available on website but only exist in hard copy; e.g., Nooksack water quality projects)
(The Northwest Indian Fisheries Cmn. page and downloadable report)
Climate Change and Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations project by Evergreen College:
- Web: http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/climate.html
- Powerpoint: http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/IndigClimate.ppt
- Report: http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/IndigClimate.pdf
(Guidelines for considering TEK in Climate Change initiatives by the Climate Traditional Knowledges Workgroup)