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Raina Thiele: Action plan gets tribes ready for climate change

President Barack Obama issued the Climate Action Plan on Wednesday.

Raina Thiele and Susan Ruffo of the White House discuss how the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency will help tribes prepare for climate change:
Today, at the fourth and final meeting of the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Administration announced the new Tribal Climate Resilience Program to help tribes prepare for climate change.

As part of this new initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will dedicate $10 million in funding for tribes and tribal organizations to develop tools to enable adaptive resource management, as well as the ability to plan for climate resilience. The program will offer nationwide climate preparedness planning sessions and provide funding for tribal engagement and outreach within regional and national climate communities.

The Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency will also partner to create a new subgroup on climate change under the White House Council on Native American Affairs, which will share data and information and coordinate Administration efforts to assist tribes in climate resilience and mitigation efforts.

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Raina Thiele and Susan Ruffo: Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Announces Tribal Climate Resilience Program (White House Blog 7/16)

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