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.
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
Space.com: Digital NASA Training for Tribes
James was recently featured in Space.com, “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
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