Tribal Engagement

NW CSC Partnership with Tribes

To jointly address the effects of a changing climate, the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) is committed to working with tribal governments of all 52 federally recognized tribes (see map below) that have reservations or natural and cultural resource interests within the NW CASC geographic area. The cultures and economies of NW tribes are especially vulnerable to climate change because they are largely place-based and dependent on natural resources such as salmon, shellfish, game, timber and rangelands.

The NW CASC's interest in fostering lasting partnerships with NW tribes extends to all aspects of its operations, including science planning and implementation, the allocation of funding for climate projects, and the creation of training and education opportunities. A blueprint for this collaboration is described in the NW CASC Tribal Engagement Strategy, which was adopted in August 2013 and is the first and only document of its kind within the Climate Science Center network. The NW CASC has extended an invitation to each of the 52 tribes to participate in its Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC); this influential group helps identify climate research priorities and opportunities for collaboration and coordination in the Northwest.

Assessing Tribal Resource Vulnerabilities

In fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the NW CASC funded eight projects focused on the vulnerabilities of culturally significant tribal resources, including plants, berries, shellfish, lamprey, and eulachon. Many of these projects incorporate and prioritize the use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to help assess changes in resource availability and inform management decisions. Blending TEK with western science represents a unique opportunity for understanding linked social, cultural, and natural resource impacts from climate change. The NW CASC plans to continue to expand this productive engagement with tribes as we move into the future. 

For more information, please see the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center's Tribal Engagement Strategy and our portfolio of tribal science projects.

Federally Recognized Native American Tribes

within the Geographic Area of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

(click on a specific pin locator to get additional information)


Source: Reservation boundaries from the National Atlas (
Indian Reservation Indian Reservation
Approximate Location of Tribal Office Approximate Location of Tribal Office (click a pin for more information)
Outline of the Approximate Geographic Area of the Northwest Climate Science Center Outline of the Approximate Geographic Area of the Northwest Climate Science Center