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National Tribal Leadership Climate Change Summit: Session 1


SESSION 1: Tribal Climate Change Policy

Please join us as we kick off our first of four virtual sessions this fall and winter. Session I will focus on Tribal climate policy and climate change implications for Tribes, First Nations, and Indigenous communities. Tribal policy experts will also present a Tribal analysis and discussion on the key pillars of the recently released action plan from the House Select Committee on Climate Crisis “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.” The Summit and virtual sessions’ goal are to formulate and advance a proactive, tribally-led national climate policy agenda. Please note, the Youth Climate Leadership Virtual Workshop will take place Friday, October 9th (More details to come).





10:00am Session Opens >> ATNI President Leonard Forsman (Suquamish Tribe)

Tribal Invocation to Open Session

10:20 – 10:35 Tribal Welcome >> Tribal Elder & Youth Representative

Frank Ettawageshik, President of Association On American Indian Affairs – Tribal Elder perspective on importance of the Tribal Policy Climate Summit – including all 4 elements (climate policy, community resiliency, youth engagement, importance of role in protecting and applying Traditional Knowledges)

Sam Schimmel, Arctic Youth Ambassador and AFN Roger Lang Presidents Awardee – Youth representative on importance and pathways for growing leadership and advocacy skills for the next generation in climate policy action

10:35 – 10:45 Governor Inslee >> Washington State – Summit Kick Off

Importance of climate action now.

Strategic opportunities to build coalitions between government agencies and Tribes – locally, nationally, internationally.

10:45 – 11:05 Session 1 >> Climate Policy

U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) – Overview of how the House Climate Action Plan came to fruition.

President Fawn Sharp, National Congress of American Indians – National Tribal Perspective on Climate Policy Actions

11:05 – 11:35 Tribal Review of Climate Action Plan from House Select Committee

Kyle Whyte (Citizen Potawatomi Nation)

11:55 – 12:35 Policy Panel Discussion >> Leonard Forsman, ATNI President

Governor Stephen Roe Lewis (invited), Gila River Indian Community Invited (SW US)

Sub Chief Kenneth Jock, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (NE US)

Andrea Carmen (Yaqui Nation), International Indian Treaty Council

Sam Schimmel (Siberian Yupik & Kenaitze Indian), Arctic Youth Ambassador and AFN Roger Lang Presidents Awardee (South Central AK)

Topics to be Addressed by Policy Panel

  • Response to Climate Action Plan
  • Coalition Building
  • Engaging Our Youth – Why & How?

12:35 – 12:45 Questions from Audience

12:45 – 1:00 Close Session

Observations from Youth Witness – Coral Avery

Key Take-Aways from Session & Next Steps


Download PDF agenda: https://www.iitc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020-ATNI-CC-Summit-I-Agenda.pdf

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October 13, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT
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