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Native America Calling: Earth Day assessment for Native peoples
Monday, April 22, 2024

Earth Day assessment: new climate report and oil leases
Native Americans face a six-fold increased risk of flash floods because of climate change in the next two years.

That is one of the predictions in a new study led by the University of Oklahoma. One of the study’s authors says “Indigenous communities are grappling with an imminent climate crisis.” P>

And Native groups are both praising and lambasting the Biden Administration’s direction on oil leases on federal lands. Depending on where you stand, new policies are either protecting diminishing land, or denying Native people the jobs necessary to feed their families

Guests on Native America Calling
Taylor Patterson (Bishop Paiute), executive director of the Native Voters Alliance Nevada

Nagruk Harcharek (Iñupiaq), president of the Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat

Dr. Farina King (citizen of the Navajo Nation), Horizon Chair of Native American Ecology and Culture and associate professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma

Dr. Mengye Chen, research scientist at the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma

James LeClair (Laguna Pueblo), Otoe-Missouria Tribe Emergency Manager

Supercell in Oklahoma
A supercell thunder storm in Oklahoma. Photo: Kelly DeLay

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