North Coast tribes awarded $750,000 for climate resilience projects – Times-Standard

About three-quarters of $1 million in federal funds is directed to three North Coast tribes to help build climate resilience.

On Wednesday, the Department of the Interior announced investments of $45 million in tribal climate resilience projects across the country, including $4.2 million to support nine tribes in California. The two Yurok Tribe projects received $259,773, the two Karuk Tribe projects received $353,461, and the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation received $146,688 for one project.

“On behalf of the Yurok Tribe, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funds, which will be invested in our first formal Marine Program and Ecosystems Climate Adaptation Plan. Yurok sailors,” Joseph L. James, the Yurok Tribe Chairman said in a statement. “The program will be designed to manage, restore and protect our portion of the northern California coast, home to a wide variety of culturally significant resources. From the mountains to the sea, the Yurok Tribe is committed to making our landscape more resilient to climate change. Additionally, the funds will be invested in education and stewardship opportunities for our youth, who will also face the impacts of climate change.

This round of Tribal Climate Resilience funding is for adaptation planning, youth engagement programs, eventual managed retreat, coastal management planning and more.

The Yurok Tribe received $209,773 to create a Marine Ecosystems Climate Adaptation Plan and $50,000 to staff a youth summer camp on natural resources; the Karuk Tribe received $271,299 to establish a Climate Resilience Center and $82,162 to use produce from the Tishániik Farm to help support the tribal community; and the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation received $146,688 to continue monitoring salmonid species in the Smith River.

“Indigenous communities face unique and increasingly intense climate-related challenges that pose an existential threat to tribal economies, infrastructure, lives and livelihoods,” the Home Secretary said. Deb Haaland in a statement. “Through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are making an unprecedented investment in Indian Country to help ensure Indigenous communities will have clean air, clean water, fertile soil and a good quality of life. globally for generations to come.

The bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was signed into law about a year ago and includes a host of funds to fix the country’s bridges, roads and railroads. The act also included funds for climate projects, including millions in funds for Klamath River restoration projects, but nowhere near the amount of funding that would have been made available if the act’s companion bill, the Build Back Better Act, had been passed.

Some of the provisions of the Build Back Better Act were incorporated into the Inflation Reduction Act enacted in August.

Sonia Waraich can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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