In the Southwest, the decade of 2001-10 has been warmer than any of the previous 10 decades of the 20th century, with greater temperature increases during spring and summer, decreases in number of cold waves, and increases in number of heat waves.Since 1994, there has been an overall drought coupled with brief periods of wetness. During the past 2,000 years, there have been droughts more severe and longer than droughts in modern times. It is possible that the relative wetness of the previous century could have been an anomaly. Rising temperatures, prolonged drought, increases in extreme weather events, and ecosystem changes have the potential to significantly alter the 27,000 square miles of Navajo Nation reservation lands. More than 170,000 people live in this arid region about the size of West Virginia.
The new report Considerations for Climate Change and Variability Adaptation on the Navajo Nation provides foundational information for planning for anticipated and proven challenges from climatic shifts on the Navajo Reservation. The report highlights potential and actual climate changes occurring in the Southwest and Four Corners region and presents an example of an adaptation planning and implementation process, applicable to any group facing disruption.
Read the report here. (pdf)
On January 28, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker determined a commercial fishery failure for the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery in Washington State. The fishery resource disaster was caused by the low return of sockeye salmon to the Fraser River which resulted in subsequent closure of the fishery for the 2013 fishing season. The closure resulted in significant revenue losses for tribal and non-tribal fishermen.
The full press release may be viewed at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140127_fraserriver.html
On November 13, 2013, NOAA announced the Final Tribal Consultation Handbook titled
“NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation With Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations.” This Handbook is intended to improve coordination and consultation with Indian tribal governments. It will assist NOAA, including its regional and field staff, in conducting effective government-to-government consultations and fulfill NOAA’s obligations under E.O. 13175 and Department Administrative Order 218-8 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and the Department of Commerce Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy.
On June 24, 2013, NOAA published a notice and requested comments on a draft “NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes” in the Federal Register. In response, NOAA received letters from 10 different entities, with approximately 25 unique comments. A summary of comments received and NOAA’s responses to those comments will be published this week in the Federal Register.
In addition, this year NOAA has:
• Announced a NOAA Tribal Liaison—Linda Belton;
• Announced a Tribal Liaison for each Line Office with in NOAA which
are listed in the Handbook;
• Established a Tribal Working Group;
• Developed an external websites for all Tribal information;
• NOAA has meetings on continual basis both regionally and nationally
with tribal leaders and commissions;
• Developing internal training, tracking and assistance for our employees; and
• Highlighted the importance of Tribal consultation across the Agency.
On August 13, 2013, NOAA's Tribal Liaison, Linda Belton, hosted and moderated a second webinar regarding the draft handbook "NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives." As announced in the June 24 Federal Register, this webinar gave the public and tribal representatives an opportunity to review and comment on the draft notice before the final document is approved. The transcript of the August 13 webinar is now available. Webinar Transcript - 081313 [pdf]
On July 17, 2013, NOAA's Tribal Liaison, Linda Belton, hosted and moderated a webinar regarding the draft handbook "NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives." As announced in the June 24 Federal Register, this webinar gave the public and tribal representatives an opportunity to review and comment on the draft notice before the final document is approved. The transcript of the July 17 webinar is now available. Webinar Transcript [pdf]
June 21, 2013 - NOAA announces the availability of and request for comments on the Draft NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation With Federally Recognized Indian Tribes. This Draft Handbook is intended to assist NOAA staff in conducting effective government-to-government consultations. Written comments must be received on or before11:59 p.m., EST, 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. See official Federal Register notice published June 24, 2013.
Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:
For additional information on the Draft Handbook, contact Heather Sagar by phone at (202) 482-1568 or by fax at (202) 482-1844.
As a part of continued outreach efforts to Tribes on the Draft Handbook [PDF], NOAA is conducting two webinars to discuss the policy and gather input and comments from tribal leaders. The two webinars are scheduled on Wednesday, July 17 and Tuesday, August 13 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST. Please note that registration is required for the webinars. We hope that you will review the handbook, participate in the webinars and provide NOAA with your views and evaluation of the proposed procedures in the Handbook.
The two national webinars will be held according to the following schedule:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 EST
2:00 – 3:00 CT
1:00 – 2:00 MT
12:00 – 1:00 PT
11:00 – 12:00 AKT
Registration for the July 17th webinar may be accessed by CLICKING HERE
Conference number: 1496093
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 ET
2:00 – 3:00 CT
1:00 – 2:00 MT
12:00 – 1:00 PT
11:00 – 12:00 AKT
Registration for the August 13th webinar may be accessed by CLICKING HERE
Conference number: 1496113
June 20, 2013 - NOAA has formally announced the appointment of Linda Belton, Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs to be the NOAA Tribal Liaison in keeping with the authorities and requirements of Executive Order 13175, DAO 218-8 and the Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy for the Department of Commerce. As Tribal Liaison, Linda will work to ensure meaningful and timely Government to Government consultation with affected federally recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives that will include:
Linda may be contacted at 202-482-5447 or Linda.Belton@noaa.gov.