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Current Projects

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Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship

Advancing a Model of Indigenous-led Stewardship

The Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS) advances a model of Indigenous-led lands stewardship for climate adaptation and resilience. CNNCTS is co-led by San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance with the guidance of the Tribal Working Group and many partners.


Climate Kids - Tribes

Supporting Tribal Youth and Climate Education

Climate Kids - Tribes is a collaborative partnership with local Tribal Nations across the Southwestern United States. We bring our activities and curriculum to Tribal earth day events, youth field trips, school programs, and community events.


Elder and Knowledge Holder Fellowship

An Initiative with Sacred Places Institute

The Elder and Knowledge Holder Fellowship provides support for a Tribal Elder or Knowledge Holder to participate, advise, and support the Climate Science Alliance team and partners to elevate and incorporate the critical voice, perspective, and deep knowledge from Indigenous communities into projects and programs.


Indigenous Fire, Forestry, and Fuels Crew

Building Climate Resilience and Relationship with Fire in Southern California

The Indigenous Fire, Forestry, and Fuels Crew is trained in fire, forestry, and fuels management to support efforts in the region to address fire danger in historically excluded communities and to advance resilient and adaptive pathways for conserving the land.


MAATHAW: The Fire Within Us

An Indigenous-led Documentary

“MAATHAAW: The Fire Within Us” is an Indigenous-led research feature-length film documentary from the Condor Visual Media team that documents the cultural, emotional, and scientific relationships of Southern California Tribes with the gift of fire.

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Reconnecting with Our Food Relatives

Strengthening our Relationship with Food and Community

The Climate Science Alliance's Indigenous Food Sovereignty Project, “Reconnecting with Our Food Relatives: Strengthening our Relationship with Food and Community”, uplifts and supports Tribal partners in creating opportunities to reconnect and share knowledge and skills about specific traditional foods on their terms and in their own ways.


Resilient Restoration

Advancing Ecological, Cultural, and Community Resilience

This collaborative project will work to promote Tribal resilience by developing knowledge and supporting actions that enhance persistence of cultural practices with a focus on preserving the ecosystems and species that are integral to Tribal communities


Southern California Interagency Fire and Fuels Cadrew

Meeting the Fire Training and Capacity Needs of Southern California

The Southern California Interagency Fire and Fuels Cadre was convened in 2022 with the goal of advancing efforts to build economic and climate resilience in Tribal and non-tribal communities across Southern California.


Southern Montane Forests

A Climate-Informed Conservation Strategy

Southern California’s Montane forests are “sky islands” of mountain habitat that feature conifers and several oak species. The goal of this project is to advance our collective understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges facing these forests and the opportunities and strategies for increasing forest resilience.

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Stewardship Pathways

Advancing Tribal Stewardship of All Ancestral Lands

Presented by the Climate Science Alliance Tribal Working Group, the Stewardship Pathways Program invites people from across Southern California who are interested in creating or expanding a career focused on advancing Indigenous climate stewardship.

Past Projects

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2022 SW Tribal Climate Change Summit

May 16 - 18, 2022

The Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit, with the theme of The Fire Within Us 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.


Connecting Wildlands and Communities

Planning for Climate-Ready Landscapes in SoCal

An interdisciplinary team exploring how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both ecosystems and local communities in southern California.


Manzanita Tribal Resilience Project

Building Climate Resilience for ‘Snyaaw and the People

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is moving forward with a vision to protect and conserve the lands under their stewardship. The Climate Science Alliance team is honored to take part and support the Tribe in creating the Manzanita Tribal Resilience Project – one part of a larger effort to address climate impacts and build resilience into the future.


La Jolla 2019 Climate Adaptation Plan

La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians

The 2019 Climate Adaptation Plan for the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians is a living document that provides a foundation for the Tribe to address climate change impacts to a variety of sectors including natural resources, infrastructure and economy, health and wellness, and community and culture.


2019 Tribal Climate Change Summit

August 13-16 , 2019

The 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit provided an opportunity to come together, focus on climate strategies and solutions, and advance Tribal resilience efforts throughout the Southwest and North America.


2017 Tribal Climate Change Summit

September 19-21, 2017

The inaugural Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit provided environmental professionals from regional Tribes and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss strategies to respond to current policies, regulatory initiatives, and technical topics.

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