The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) will implement the Assessing Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Tribal Transportation Systems in California Project to address training needs for California Tribes. Over 12 months, NIJC will develop a culturally relevant training curriculum and a companion on-demand, online course.
The training curriculum will be delivered at 3 in-person training workshops in the coastal, interior/mountain, and desert regions in California to 20 or more tribal government personnel in each workshop. Tribal government personnel, including leaders, transportation planners and environmental planners, are the target audience. Twenty (20) or more tribal government personnel that cannot access the in-person workshops will be served by the online course during the project period. The short-term objectives are that the training workshops and online course will increase participants’ knowledge and skills to perform tribal transportation climate change vulnerability assessments.
The aim is to provide training to tribes to identify climate change related vulnerabilities in their transportation systems so that they can engage in tribal transportation adaptation planning and participate in the adaptation planning of surrounding jurisdictions. Through this training, tribes will gain knowledge and skills in the short-term to enhance their overall climate change adaptation planning efforts. In the long-term, tribes will have climate-change ready transportation systems. Also, with knowledge and skills to perform vulnerability assessments, tribes will be better prepared to apply for adaptation funding. Post-project, NIJC will be able to use the curriculum on an ongoing basis in its California tribal transportation training and technical assistance projects and adapt it for use at the national level in our National Training Program for Tribal Personnel.