Some tribes and tribal organizations say they will continue to advance the Paris Accord on climate change. Those commitments come despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the agreement. The National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund are among those expressing concern with Trump’s decision, saying Indigenous people are disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change. What can tribes do to make a difference in the face of the U.S. withdrawal?
Kandi Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) – lead organizer for the extreme energy and just transition campaign at the Indigenous Environmental Network
Roberto Borrero (Taíno Nation) – programs and communications coordinator for the International Indian Treaty Council
Frank Ettawageshik (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians) – executive director of the United Tribes of Michigan
Esau Sinnok (Inupiaq Eskimo) – Arctic Youth Ambassador
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