17: Unique Challenges Facing Southwestern Tribes

Unique Challenges Facing Southwestern Tribes discusses the effects of climate change on the lands and people of Native nations—from the perspectives of the diverse cultural, economic, legal, and governance approaches found in Indian Country—and highlights some initiatives aimed at reducing vulnerability and improving the preparedness, mitigation, and adaptive capacity on these lands.


Redsteer, M. H., K. Bemis, K. Chief, M. Gautam, B. R. Middleton, and R. Tsosie. 2013. “Unique Challenges Facing Southwestern Tribes.” In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 385–404. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Fewer cold waves and more heat waves occurred over the Southwest during 2001–2010 compared to their average occurrences in the 20th century.
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