Stefan Tangen, Tribal Resilience Liaison, Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Ensuring that tribal nations and communities in our region have the scientific information and expertise they need is a high priority of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC). Stefan Tangen serves as the center’s Tribal Resilience Liaison, with the goal of understanding tribal needs, connecting tribes to federal and other science resources, and fostering dialogue among tribal partners about adapting to a changing climate.
Stefan received a Master of Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a focus on climate adaptation science and planning with indigenous communities. In Alaska, Stefan worked with several Alaska Native communities including the community of Shaktoolik where he partnered with the Tribal Council to understand perceptions of success among groups involved in Shaktoolik’s recent climate adaptation process to highlight best practices for planning with rural, indigenous communities in the state.
While Stefan works directly with the staff at the NC CASC, he is employed by the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance (GPTWA), an inter-tribal organization dedicated to ensuring clean and abundant water for the people of the Great Sioux Nation now and for generations to come.