Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change: An Evolving Bibliography

Compiled by Darren Ranco (U of Maine)
Jennifer Brewer, Katharine Duderstadt and Siobhan Senier (U of New Hampshire)

Scientists working on climate change and its effects are increasingly aware of the need to engage Indigenous communities and perspectives in their research. From large-scale, transnational efforts like the United Nations’ International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change to regional consortia like those of the Inuit Circumpolar Council to tribal nations who are devising their own mitigation plans, Indigenous people are taking an active role in assessing the scope and impact of climate change and responding to it.  Increasingly, too, new generations of Indigenous scientists are pursuing the formal academic training, and bridging the gap between so-called Western science and traditional Indigenous knowledge.

This bibliography is intended to serve as an introduction to scientists who want to learn more about Indigenous approaches to climate change, especially those who may be considering building research partnerships with Indigenous people. It includes work by Indigenous scientists, as well as non-Indigenous researchers who are building effective collaborations with tribal communities. Our list is far from comprehensive; it is intended to be a living document.

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Bennett, et al.  2014. “Chapter 12: Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources.”  Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, pp. 298-307.
Berkes, Fikret. 2009. “Indigenous Ways of Knowing and the Study of Environmental Change,” Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39(4): 151-156.
Bond, Patrick and Michael Dorsey, “Anatomies of Environmental Knowledge and Resistance: Diverse Climate Justice Movements and Waning Eco-Neoliberalism,” Australian Journal of Political Economy 2010: 1-22.
Bronen, R.  2010.  “Forced Migration of Alaskan Indigenous Communities Due to Climate Change.”  In Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability, T. Afifi and J. Jager, eds.  New York: Springer, pp. 87-98.
Cajete, Gregory (Tewa). 2012. Indigenous People and Climate Change. Bioneers.
Center for Indigenous Environmental Resources [CIER].  2007.  Climate Change Impacts on Abundance and Distribution of Traditional Foods and Medicines—Effects on a First Nation and their Capacity to Adapt, pp. 1-30.
Chief, Karletta (Navajo) et al.  2014.  “Indigenous Experiences in the U.S. with Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship in the Anthropocene.”  USDA Forest Service, pp. 161-176.
Cochran et al.  2008.  “Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Implications for Participatory Research and Community.”  American Journal of Public Health 98(1): 22-27.
Colombi, Benedict.  2012.  “Salmon and the Adaptive Capacity of Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Culture to Cope with Change.”  American Indian Quarterly 36: 75-97.
Donatuto, Jamie, et al.  2014.  “Indigenous Community Health and Climate Change: Integrating Biophysical and Social Science Indicators.”  Coastal Management 42(2): 355-373.
Duerden, Frank. 2004, “Translating Climate Change Impacts at the Community Level,” Arctic 57(2): 204-212.
Ford, Jamie Kay and Erick Giles. 2015. Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Country: Tribal Regulation of Reservation Lands and Natural Resources. William Mitchell Law Review 41(2): 519-551.
Ford, James, et al.  2014.  “Adapting to the Effects of Climate Change on Inuit Health.”  American Journal of Public Health 104(S3): e9-e17.
Robert Glicksman, et al, 2011, “Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building the Legal Framework for Adaptation,” Center for Progressive Reform.
Grossman, Zoltan and Alan Parker.  2012.  Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis.  Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.
Guyot, Melissa, Cindy Dickson, Chris Paci, Chris Furgal, and Hing Man Chan, 2006, “Local Observations of Climate Change and Impacts on Traditional Food Security in Two Northern Aboriginal Communities,” International Journal of Circumpolar Health 65(5): 403-415
IPCC.  2014. Summary for policymakers.  In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaption, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects.  Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Cambridge University Press.
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) 2008: Conference on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change, Copenhagen, 21 – 22 February 2008; and Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) 2008: Impact of climate change mitigation measures on indigenous peoples and on their territories and lands, New York 21 April – 2 May 2008.
Maldonado, Julie, Colombi Benedict, and Rajul Pandya, eds.  2014.  Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions.  New York: Springer.
Mason, Larry, et al, 2012. “Listening and Learning from Traditional Knowledge and Western Science: A Dialogue on Contemporary Challenges of Forest Health and Wildfire,” Journal of Forestry 110:187-193.
McGregor, Deborah.  2004. “Coming Full Circle: Indigenous Knowledge, Environment and Our Future.”  American Indian Quarterly 28(3-4): 385-410.
McKenney-Easterling, Mary, et al, 2000, “The Potential Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Forests and Forestry in the Mid-Atlantic Region,” Climate Research 14: 195-206.
Morello, Lauren. “For American Indians, Coping with Climate Change is Ancient History.” ClimateWire/Scientific American, July 19, 2012.
Nadasdy, Paul, “The Politics of TEK: Power and the ‘Integration’ of Knowledge,” Arctic Anthropology 36: 1-18 (1999).
Nelson, Melissa K. (Turtle Mountain Chippewa). 2013. “The Hydromythology of the Anishinaabeg: Will Mishipizhu Survive Climate Change or is he creating it?” In Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories, edited by Jill Doerfler, Niigonwedom James Sinclair and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark. East Landing: Michigan State University Press.
Osofsky, Hari. 2007. “The Inuit Petition as a Bridge? Beyond Dialectics of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights,” American Indian Law Review 31(2): 675-697.
Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project. 2015. Vulnerability of Coastal Louisiana Tribes in a Climate Change Context.
Ranco, Darren J. “Toward a Native Anthropology: Hermeneutics, Hunting Stories, and Theorizing from Within.” Wicazo Sa Review, vol. 21, no. 2, Nov. 2006, pp. 61–78. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/wic.2006.0022.
Ranco, Darren (Penobscot), Amy Arnett, Erika Latty, Alysa Remsburg, Kathleen Dunckel, Erin Quigley, Rob Lilieholm, John Daigle (Penobscot), Bill Livingston, Jennifer Neptune (Penobscot), and Theresa Secord (Penobscot), 2012, “Two Maine Forest Pests: A Comparison of Approaches to Understanding Threats to Hemlock and Ash Trees in Maine,” Maine Policy Review 21(1): 76-89.
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. 2017. Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Akwesasne.
Sakakibara, Chie. 2008.  “Our Home is Drowning: Inupiat Storytelling and Climate Change in Point Hope, Alaska.”  Geographical Review 98(4): 456-475.
Tauli-Corpuz, Victoria (Kankana-ey Igorot). 2009.  Guide on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples, second edition. Indigenous Peoples International Center.
Tol, Richard, Thomas Downing, Onno Kuik, and Joel Smith, 2004, “Distributional Aspects of Climate Change Impacts,” Global Environmental Change 14: 259-272.
Treaty Indian Tribes in Western Washington.  2011. “Treaty Rights at Risk: Ongoing Habitat Loss, the Decline of the Salmon Resource, and Recommendations for Change,” pp. 1-28.
Tsosie, Rebecca (Yaqui). 2009. “Indigenous Peoples and Global Climate Change: Intercultural Models of Climate Equity.” Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation 25.7: 7-18.
Verbrugge, Lori. 2010, “Traditional Foods in Alaska: Potential Threats from Contaminants and Climate Change,” State of Alaska Division of Public Health.
Watt-Cloutier, Sheila (Inuit). 2018. The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Fight to Protect the Arctic and Save the Planet from Climate Change. U of Minnesota.
Wildcat, Daniel R (Yuchi/Muscogee). 2013. “Introduction: Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples of the USA.” Climatic Change, vol. 120, no. 3, pp. 509–15.

White, Kyle Powys. “Indigenous Climate Change Studies: Indigenizing Futures, Decolonizing the Anthropocene.” English Language Notes, vol. 55, no. 1–2, Fall 2017, pp. 153–62.

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Whyte, Kyle Powys (Citizen Potawatomi). 2017. The Dakota Access Pipeline, Environmental Injustice and U.S. Colonialism. Red Ink (February 2017): 1-12.

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Wright, Alexis (Waanyi). “Deep Weather.” Meanjin, vol. 70, no. 2, Winter 2011, pp. 70–82.