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Fond du Lac Tribal Chairwoman meets with Pres. Obama about climate change

By KBJR News 1

Fond du Lac Tribal Chairwoman meets with Pres. Obama about climate change

July 21, 2014 Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 6:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Fond Du Lac Tribal Chairwomen, Karen Diver, met with President Obama in Washington last week to discuss climate change initiatives for tribes.

Diver is a member of the President's Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience.

The task force was created to help communities and tribes take steps to protect themselves from extreme weather and climate impacts.

At the meeting, President Obama announced the Tribal Climate Resilience Program which will make $10 million in funding available for tribes to help them pay for climate change initiatives on reservations

"That's everything from infrastructure to housing and roads but also looking at natural resource management, invasive species and it can be self designed by the tribes," said Diver.

The task force is in the process of developing five climate centers geared for tribes.

The centers will allow tribes to establish relationships at local levels to develop joint disaster plans and plans to preserve natural resources.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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