Exploring the Fire Within at the 3rd Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit

The 3rd Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit brought together 250 attendees representing 32 Tribes from across the Southwest and North America for a successful three-day convening focused on the kinship with fire and its role in community, conservation, and climate change adaptation.



The Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit brought together 250 attendees representing both Tribal and non-Tribal communities to focus on the kinship with fire and its role in community, conservation, and climate change adaptation efforts throughout the Southwest and North America.


The 2022 Summit, which was back for a third time after the second event in 2019, was held in the homelands of the Kuupangaxwichem (Cupeño) and Payómkawichum (Luiseño) peoples. We were honored to gather as friends and relatives on their homelands, and sincerely appreciate the time, space, and knowledge shared.




Summit Hosts

This year's Summit was co-hosted by the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, and the Climate Science Alliance. The co-hosts, partners, and friends acknowledge the Indigenous peoples whose traditional territories we all work and live on.


Summit Program

By having a decolonized agenda, the Summit created a foundation that provided attendees a different way to engage with content and speakers. Instead of set times and activities, the Summit focused on relationship building and knowledge sharing.