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Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu


(Bresette, Katy) Ziigwanikwe
Chris Caldwell
Eric Chapman
(Clark, Robin) Opichi
Rob Croll
Gregory J. Gauthier
Jeff Grignon
(Jondreau, Jerry) Gidigaa bizhiw
Tyler Kaspar
(Montano, Melonee) Nisogaabo Ikwe
Tansey Moore
Patricia Moran
Emily Minogiizhigookwe Nelis
Hannah Panci
Kristen Schmitt
Sara Smith
Kim Stone



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Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Odanah, Wisconsin. 54 p.


Climate change has impacted and will continue to impact indigenous peoples, their lifeways and culture, and the natural world upon which they rely, in unpredictable and potentially devastating ways. Many climate adaptation planning tools fail to address the unique needs, values and cultures of indigenous communities. This Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu, which was developed by a diverse group of collaborators representing tribal, academic, intertribal and government entities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, provides a framework to integrate indigenous and traditional knowledge, culture, language and history into the climate adaptation planning process. Developed as part of the Climate Change Response Framework, the Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu is designed to work with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) Adaptation Workbook, and as a stand-alone resource. The Menu is an extensive collection of climate change adaptation actions for natural resource management, organized into tiers of general and more specific ideas. It also includes a companion Guiding Principles document, which describes detailed considerations for working with tribal communities. While this first version of the Menu was created based on Ojibwe and Menominee perspectives, languages, concepts and values, it was intentionally designed to be adaptable to other indigenous communities, allowing for the incorporation of their language, knowledge and culture. Primarily developed for the use of indigenous communities, tribal natural resource agencies and their non-indigenous partners, this Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu may be useful in bridging communication barriers for non-tribal persons or organizations interested in indigenous approaches to climate adaptation and the needs and values of tribal communities.


Ziigwanikwe, (Bresette, Katy); Caldwell, Chris; Chapman, Eric; Opichi, (Clark, Robin); Croll, Rob; Gauthier, Gregory J., Jr; Grignon, Jeff; Handler, Stephen; Gidigaa bizhiw, (Jondreau, Jerry); Kaspar, Tyler; Nisogaabo Ikwe, (Montano, Melonee); Moore, Tansey; Moran, Patricia; Minogiizhigookwe Nelis, Emily; Panci, Hannah; Schmitt, Kristen; Smith, Sara; Stone, Kim; Swanston, Chris. 2019. Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu. Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Odanah, Wisconsin. 54 p​.

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