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National Museum of the American Indian

The first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans.

NMAIThe National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice.


Doug HermanClimate Change Online Conference presenter Doug Herman, Senior Geographer at the National Museum of the American Indian, has assembled the following resources:


General Documents, Official Statements and Reports:

US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change Region: Native Peoples / Native Homelands
Includes workshop report “Circle of Wisdom”, Comments on Climate Changes Initiatives and Indian Tribes (dated November 1997) and Recommendations for Federal Energy Policy (1 December 1998).
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The Albuquerque Declaration, 1998 Visit Resource
The Anchorage Declaration, 24 April 2009 Visit Resource
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Visit Resource
“Supporting a National Mandatory Program to Reduce Climate Change Pollution and Promote Renewable Energy”
The National Congress of American Indians, Resolution #EWS-06-004
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“Climate Change and Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations”
By Alan Parker, Zoltán Grossman, Edward Whitesell, Brett Stephenson, Terry Williams, Preston Hardison, Laural Ballew, Brad Burnham, Jill Bushnell, and Renée Klosterman
Published in October 2006 by the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute (NIARI), The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, USA
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Conferences and Events:

NMAI Mother Earth events Visit Resource
Planning for Seven Generations: Indigenous & Scientific Approaches to Climate Change
Conference, March 19 - 21, 2008
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Government Offices:

U.S. Department of Energy Tribal Energy Program Visit Resource
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) Visit Resource


Native Climate Change Organizations:

American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group Visit Resource
Native Wind [renewable energy] Visit Resource
Intertribal Council on Utility Policy Visit Resource


Practical Tools:

Guide on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples
Tebtebba Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education
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Climate Witness Community Toolkit
WWF - South Pacific Programme
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Teaching Resources:

Pacific Worlds Indigenous Geography Education Project for Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands
Includes curriculum for secondary schools
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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
Curriculum Resources Available Online regarding Native science and more
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Indigenous Knowledge for the Environment
In Learning for a Sustainable Environment, edited by John Fien, Debbie Heck and Jo-Anne Ferreira
Complete teaching module.
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