2022 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit

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Photo by Condor Visual Media, featuring David Streamer, taken on the homelands of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians.

About the Summit


In collaboration with partners from across the region, the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Climate Science Alliance, and Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, are taking the lead to convene the 2022 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit (SWTCCS).
Join us May 16-18, 2022 for this year's theme:
"Exploring the Fire Within Us"

Building upon key takeaways from the 2019 SWTCCS in Idyllwild, CA, we will once again bring together Tribal leaders, professionals, and community members from across the Southwest for engaging discussions and activities centered around the kinship with fire and its role in community, conservation, and climate change adaptation.


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Registration for the 2022 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit is now closed. Registration is required in order to attend the Summit.

Join the waiting list by reaching out to us at


May 16 - 18, 2022


Pala, CA


The Summit Program and final Participant Information Packet have been sent to you via the email you provided during registration. If you have not received this email, please reach out to us at info@climatesciencealliance.org


The Summit is a three-day gathering starting at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 16th and concluding at 1:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 18th.


All three days are designed to build on each other, so we encourage everyone to attend all three days and stay through the end. In developing the program from this year's SWTCCS, the co-hosts are expanding upon previous years' efforts to "decolonize the agenda"—breaking away from the standard western conference structure of back-to-back plenaries and PowerPoint presentations, and embracing Indigenous ways of building relationships and sharing knowledges.

The health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved with the 2022 SWTCCS is of top priority for the planning team. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will follow precautions and protocols set by our location host, the Pala Band of Mission Indians, as well as local health authorities and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DAY 1 — Monday, May 16th

The Summit will open with The Fire Within Us: Opening Celebration—a special welcome event with activities, food, music, and networking opportunities.

DAY 2 — Tuesday, May 17th

Storytelling circles on key themes related to getting good fire on the land: Tribal stewardship, natural resource relationships, cultural burning, and advancing co-stewardship of ancestral lands.

DAY 3 — Wednesday, May 18th

The closing circle will focus on learning from our Elders and knowledge holders as we move forward and carry on the good work. This will be followed by a lunch organized by our hosts.

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Any updates to the Summit programming will be provided on this webpage. All who apply and/or register for the Summit will be notified of updates by email. Otherwise, please subscribe to our newsletter.


Photos by Condor Visual Media, featuring David Streamer, taken on the homelands of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians.

Our partners at Condor Visual Media are Affiliated Artists of the Climate Science Alliance. Learn more: www.condorvm.com

David Streamer, Los Coyotes Executive Council Member

2L at Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, Arizona State University


We invite you to join us in sponsoring the 2022 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit, and the collaborative efforts of the Summit co-hosts, so we can continue providing quality programming at little to no cost to participants and work collaboratively to advance Indigenous-led climate adaptation throughout our region and beyond.

Summit Partners

Thank you to the Summit co-hosts and supporters who have made the 2022 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit possible.

Summit Co-Hosts

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Summit Supporters

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