Passamaquoddy at Sipayik

Pleasant Point Tribal Government

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information about the Climate Change Program

Climate Change Program

Program Administrator: Theo Willis

Climate Adaptation Specialist: Maggie Dana
Email Maggie:
Phone: (207) 853-2600 ext 280
Fax: (207) 853-2481

Mailing Address:
PO Box 343
Perry, Maine 04667

Purpose of the Climate Change Program

The tribe received a two-year grant from B.I.A. under the Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program. This project leverages resources within the University of Maine System and Pleasant Point to connect all five Indian reservation communities in a climate change and climate adaptation learning process.

Goals of the Program:
1) Create information stream about climate change for Wabanaki people
2) Preserving & adapting Wabanaki cultural heritage in face of climate change
3) Provide the tools for each reservation to start creating climate adaptation plans.

The work will entail:
1) coordinating a series of meetings designed to identify climate change science relevant to the Wabanaki
2) distill that science into lay-person accessible information
3) collect information on what climate related issues are important to tribal members and represent those views back to tribal administration of the different reservations

The project will finish with a Maine Wabanaki Tribes Conference where leadership from each reservation will have opportunities to network, learn more about climate adaptation and see how their communities view the challenges of climate change.

Expert meetings: Specialists from the University of Maine System along with Native American cultural experts will discuss climate change science in the topics of forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture, hydrology, oceanography, etc.

Reservation focus group meetings will also be held on each reservation and will be content specific to each geographic region.  Video clips taken from the expert meeting will be played and then community members will be asked what their thoughts are about the topic.

Maine Tribes Conference: There will be a final two-day meeting series held in the Bangor, Maine area.  These meetings will bring tribal leaders and tribal members from each reservation. These meetings will be conducted in a manner that will encourage broad inter-tribal participation.

The program will pay for attendance (travel and accommodations) for eight tribal members from each of the Maine reservations. This conference will introduce tribal decision makers to climate change issues with an audience of their peers. Lessons and information from the previous meetings will be presented and representatives from other Native American communities that have completed climate adaptation plans will talk about their process. The end goal is to impress each of the representative tribes about the importance of taking up a formal climate adaptation process.