Washington Tribes Receive Resilience Funding

The 28 grants support projects including relocation efforts as coastal communities face the growing impacts of climate change.

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March 18, 2024, 12:00 PM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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“More than $32 million is coming to tribal nations and organizations for projects intended to combat the disproportionate effects of climate change on Indigenous communities in Washington,” reports Isabella Breda in The Seattle Times. The funding comes via the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Climate Resilience Program.

The grants will support a wide range of projects such as studies of ocean acidification on fish and moving communities and infrastructure to higher ground to avoid sea level rise. “The grants will help tribes like the Samish, Swinomish and Lower Elwha Klallam build on existing climate adaptation plans. The money will allow the Lummi, Tulalip, Stillaguamish and others to lead habitat restoration projects and research on how climate change is affecting finfish, shellfish and other wildlife.”

The article notes several other projects, which all aim to make tribal communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

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