The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is a partnership between the US Geological Survey, the University of Colorado Boulder and five consortium partners. The NC CASC fosters innovative and applied research in support of tribal, federal, state, and local natural resource management and decision-making. The North Central center is one of eight regional climate centers in the national CASC network created to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the country. It serves Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. 



NC CASC Webinar Series: "Grass-Cast: A grassland productivity forecast"

Please join us for the NC CASC webinar on Thursday, May 13, 2021, 11a -12p MDT:

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Upcoming ITEP Film Screening and Panel Discussion (Tuesday, June 1): Inhabitants - An Indigenous Perspective

We hope the shift into spring is bringing each of you so much wellness. Please join the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and the Desert Research Institute for an upcoming film screening and panel discussion, featuring the documentary, Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective.

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Read the May Edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter

Read the May 2021 Edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter:

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New Paper Published on Drought in the Upper Missouri Headwaters

A new paper was recently published in the Journal of Weather, Climate, and Society, "Integrating Ecological Impacts: Persp

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Upcoming GWC Webinar Featuring Deb Haaland and Joe Neguse

The Getches-Wilkinson Center at CU Law is hosting the webinar, "Land, Water, and People: The Natural Resource Priorities of the Biden Administration," on May 13th from 5:00-6:15pm MDT as part of their webinar series, "The Climate Justice Lens is Here to Stay." The webinar will feature Secretary o

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Join us in welcoming our new summer graduate research assistants!

The NC CASC is proud to announce our four new summer graduate research assistants, who will be helping NC CASC researchers with summer projects. 

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James Rattling Leaf, Sr., to Participate at InterTribal Buffalo Council’s 2021 Annual Membership Meeting

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., will participate in the panel, “Planning for Drought and Resilience to Climate Change,” at the I

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James Rattling Leaf, Sr., to Participate at American Water Resources Association Summer Conference

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., will participate in the panel, “Collaborative Approaches to the Use of Earth Observations in Ind

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Laura Edwards to Present in SDSU Extension May Drought Hour

NC CASC Consortium Partner, Laura Edwards, will present in the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Drought Hour on May 24th. She will give a climate update for South Dakota based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Laura Edwards Featured in South Dakota State University Extension Drought Hour

On April 19th, NC CASC Consortium Partner, Laura Edwards, was featured in the South Dakota State University Extension Drought Hour.

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James Rattling Leaf Sr. Featured in Panels, Presentations, and Discussions on Issues Relating to Tribes and Climate

Throughout fall 2020, NC CASC PI and Consultant to the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance James Rattling Leaf, Sr. participated in a variety of panels, presentations, and discussions relating to indigenous peoples and climate. Highlights below include his participation in a panel discussion about data implications for American Indians at the Academic Data Science Alliance’s Annual Meeting, and a panel at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week 2020, where he discussed the benefits of data sharing. James was also recently elected Chair, ESA ESA Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section. 

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Summit

December 7-9, 2020

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) held the virtual Indigenous Summit 2020 from December 7-9. James spoke during the opening ceremony, and moderated the COVID-19 and Education/Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer panels. The Summit focused on themes relating to women’s empowerment, climate change, disaster risk education, and indigenous data sovereignty. Recordings from the Summit can be found online: Learn More

2020 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change” panel presentation

December 3, 2020

The 2020 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration that monitors and reports annually on the relationship between health and climate, and its implications for national governments. James talked about tribal issues with regard to natural hazards and climate change. A video of the full program can be found here: Learn More. James’ presentation can be found at the 1:06 mark.

NTGISC 11th Annual National Tribal GIS Conference

November 19, 2020

James presented "Every Tribe has a Climate Story: Climate Assessment Planning on Tribal Lands in the Great Plains" at the National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center's 11th Annual National Tribal GIS Conference. More about TribalGIS can be found here: Learn More

CIRES Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

November 17, 2020

James gave a recent presentation for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, called “Building Relational and Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities.” The presentation can be watched on YouTube: Learn More

ESA Water Cooler Chat: Exploration of Modern Indigenous Knowledge and the Power of Indigenous Western Science

November 13, 2020

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, James participated in an Ecological Society of America (ESA) Water Cooler Chat, "What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)? How does the power of indigenous knowledge contribute to Western science? What insights can TEK provide into the way we teach our students to connect with our world?” :Learn More Digital NASA Training for Tribes

James was recently featured in, “With pandemic thwarting workshops, NASA training for tribes goes digital.” Read the full article here: Learn More

GEO Week 2020: “Every Tribal Nation Has a Data Story: Challenges and Opportunities Moving Forward”

November 6, 2020

James participated on a panel as part of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week 2020. He discussed the benefits of data sharing, “Every Tribal Nation Has a Data Story: Challenges and Opportunities Moving Forward.” Watch a recording here: Learn More

Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) Annual Meeting Panel 

October 15, 2020

James participated in the panel “From Data Sovereignty to Data Science: Implications for American Indian Self-Determination” at the 2020 Academic Data Science Alliance Annual Meeting. A video of the panel discussion can be found on YouTube: Learn More