1 April 2015

Native Americans and Climate Change

  • For the week of April 5, 2015
    Karen Diver, Chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, discusses the biggest challenges facing Native American communities as well as her appointment to serve on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:13) History of Fond du Lac Band; (2:36) The economic reality for most tribes; (4:49) Poor funding for Native American Schools; (6:43) Recent controversy over autopsies in the Native community; (9:51) Relations between Native and non-Native communities in Minnesota; (11:35) Teaching Native American history in schools

  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:17) Diver’s background and why she was chosen for Obama’s task force; (1:52) Whether Tribal lands are equipped to deal with climate change; (3:22) How the task force plans to meet climate change challenges; (5:24) Diver’s experience with clime change deniers; (6:51) What Diver hopes the task force will accomplish; (8:13) Other future challenges Native American communities face; (9:30) Preservation of Indigenous languages and the history of Indian boarding schools; (12:13) The biggest challenge for the Fond du Lac Band