Climate History & Indigenous Futures: Climate Adaptation for Contested Landscapes

This presentation considers how narratives of ecological damage – particularly those associated with climate change – have been used to constrain, contest, and erase Indigenous land relationships and tribal sovereignty. Yet, in the last few decades there has been a surge of interest in Indigenous environmental knowledges, particularly for its relevance in developing climate adaptation strategies. Tribal nations now find themselves being asked to share their traditional knowledge with the same colonial institutions that occupy and manage their homelands. What would it look like to rethink environmental land management through the lens of Indigenous futurisms? Using this framework, Dr. Schneider will discuss examples of the process of building institutional partnerships with tribal communities that center the needs, visions, and agency of tribal nations as a starting point for climate adaptation.