Session Two - virtual National Adaptation Forum Tribal & Indigenous Climate Adaptation Series

Webinar Date: 
November 10, 2021

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Session Description:

This roundtable will offer a conversation among colleagues working together to build collective power for community-led adaptation that is centered in the self-determination of Tribal communities. It will offer concrete practices and considerations for community-led processes to build partnerships, preserve culture, mobilize for advocacy and action, and advance solutions for community-led adaptation. 


The panelists will discuss the importance of centering Indigenous Knowledges and wisdom in climate adaptation, a collaborative, community-led effort to protect and preserve cultural heritage and restore wetlands in coastal Louisiana, and a community-led process to develop federal policy recommendations on climate-forced displacement, among other topics.


Participants will come away from the session with concrete examples and guidance for how to support community-led adaptation through research, funding, and advocacy.



  • Elder Patricia Cochran, Alaska Native Science Commission

  • Elder Rosina Philippe, Atakapa-Ishak/Chawasha, Grand Bayou and First Peoples Conservation Council of Louisiana 

  • Elder Theresa Dardar, Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe and First Peoples Conservation Council of Louisiana 

  • Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar, Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and First Peoples Conservation Council of Louisiana 

  • Dr. Julie Maldonado, Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network and Rising Voices Community Relocation and Site Expansion Working Group

  • Dr. Kristina Peterson, Lowlander Center

  • Dr. R. Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University


Learn more about the entire Tribal & Indigenous Climate Adaptation Series