Sharing knowledge, sharing experiences

CMIP6 data presented at our All Climate is Local workshop on changing temperatures, precipitation levels, and wind speeds paint a clear picture of a warming climate.  However, statistics alone can’t show the whole story.  Native Climate wants to hear more about direct impacts in your communities (such as floods, heatwaves, drought, wildfires, high winds, wildlife changes, air quality) and your responses to them.

To facilitate this knowledge sharing, Native Climate funded students from Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) research and create stories about specific climate impacts in their communities and show examples of how the people and the land are adapting to these stressors.  The project encouraged diverse approaches to this subject, incorporating stories in diverse forms (oral, music, written, visual arts, etc.).

The short videos below feature students discussing their projects and the relationship to local climate issues.


Sarah Sandoval: Voices of the Elders

Jennifer Grisenti: The hummingbird and the road runner

Aiyanna Tanyan: Mvskoke Drought

Salish Kootenai College student Sarah Sandoval discusses her short film “Voices of the Elders”, which was inspired by interviews she did with Salish and Kalispel elders about climate change impacts on the Flathead Reservation.

San Carlos Apache College student Jennifer Grisenti tells the story of the Hummingbird and the Road Runner, illustrated by her nephew Lawrence N. Macktima.

College of the Muskogee Nation student Aiyanna Tanyan uses visual art to discuss the impacts of drought on Mvskoke people.

Ron Britt: Flathead Fisheries

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College students Tyler Selin and Precious Tibbetts discuss how climate change is impacting the health of Minnesota Moose (Mooz) and white-tail deer (waawaashkeshi).

Salish Kootenai College graduate student Sarah Holloway shares her pyrography (wood burning) project showing ambassador species on the Flathead Reservation and discussing how they are being impacted by climate change.

Salish Kootenai College student Ron Britt talks about fishing and the changes he has seen on the Flathead Reservation.

Jennifer Grisenti: Arizona Poppies

Nicholas Grant: Climate Cards

San Carlos Apache College student Jennifer Grisenti shares her research on the Arizona Poppy, and what it is telling us about the shifting seasons on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

Salish Kootenai College student Nicholas Grant shares a playing card game he created to teach people about climate hazards on the Flathead Reservation.

Blackfeet Community College students Loren Racine and Tamara Gopher share how gatherers of traditional plants on the Blackfeet Reservation are bearing witness to climate change, and the mitigation actions being undertaken to preserve native ecosystems.

Alexis Dutro: Water Resources

Shantel Chee: Wild Parsley

Randy Finley: Aerial Climate Change

Tohono O’odham Community College student Alexis Dutro discusses the importance of safe, high-quality water resources to communities in the Southwest.

Shantel Chee, a student at the Institute of American Indian Art, presents on the importance of wild parsley and explains how climate change has impacted its growth.

Randall Finley, a student at Salish Kootenai College, compares georeferenced photos from the 1980s to ones from the present day to understand changing tree cover on the Flathead Reservation.

Derrick Gonzales: The Land Growth

Gina Graham: Climate Change on the Colville Indian Reservation

Tohono O’Odham Community College Student Derrick Gonzales presents a graphic novel depicting the impacts of drought on the Tohono O’odham Reservation.

Gina Graham, student at Salish Kootenai College, speaks about the impacts of climate change on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Joni Tobacco: The Gatherer’s Perspective

Salish Kootenai College student Joni Tobacco shares how climate change is affecting the availability of traditional plants on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Amber Hamm: The changing Seasons

Salish Kootenai College student Amber Hamm shares her artwork depicting the changing seasons on the Flathead Reservation.

For Current Participants

Project Guidance – Using the CMIP6 Data

The following document provides important information on how to incorporate the CMIP6 dataset into your All Climate is Local project, as well as details on project meetings and deadlines.  Click the button below to download, or view the PDF below.

Sponsoring agency


Native Climate is made possible with support from USDA-NIFA Climate Programs under grant number 2022-68015-36357. Native Climate builds on the work of other NIFA-funded projects, including:

  • Native Waters on Arid Lands (#2015-69007-23190)
  • NWAL Toolkit (2020-6808-32762)
  • All Climate is Local (2021-67019-33420)
  • Teaching Native Waters (2020-38503-31952)
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