Wednesday, December 6 – Friday, December 8
  8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Union // Ventana
1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe, AZ 85287
ASU Tempe campus


Extreme weather and climate events have increased over the past 50 years and Indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects because they are often inextricably tied to their land. As a result, climate change not only threatens the landscape, but also cultural identity. Indigenous peoples have used traditional knowledge to mitigate climate disruptions and to adapt to the changing environment. However, policy discussions have failed to adequately address climate impacts on cultural heritage, and the rapid rate of climate disruptions continues to threaten indigenous cultures and communities with alarming speed. This conference will build on the discussions of climate change, adaptation, and traditional knowledge by focusing specifically on climate impacts on tribal cultural heritage.

We will bring together tribal leadership and members, scientists, scholars, attorneys and activists to discuss climate change threats and challenges faced by indigenous communities.  The goal is to share knowledge and resources with tribal representatives to respond to threats to cultural heritage by addressing:  Is cultural heritage a human right, and why is tribal cultural heritage important?  How does climate change impact tribal cultural heritage? How can tribal communities maintain cultural heritage in the face of changing climate risks?  Attendees will participate in sessions that focus on identifying obstacles and proposing solutions to these challenges.

On the evening of Wednesday, December 6, the Memorial Union will feature Before The Flood by Fisher Stevens. This film features Leonardo DiCaprio with contributions by many scientists and researchers from around the world, who meet and discuss the reality of climate change in various locations on five continents as they witness climate change firsthand.

  • State Bar of Arizona does not approve CLE activities, however, this activity may qualify for approximately 7 credit hours.

ASU W9 Form for Accounting Office

Conference Hosts:
Union of Concerned Scientists, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Conference Planning Committee:
Adam Markham, Anne Marie Chischilly, Patty Ferguson-Bohnee and Kate Rosier

Conference Coordinator:
Jennifer Williams, Legal Assistant, Indian Legal Program
Email: Jennifer.H.Williams@asu.edu or (480) 727-0420

Beus Center for Law and Society at Arizona State University
111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ  85004-4467

Download Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage flyer.

Imagery generously provided by a team of community artists who took part in a global mural series entitled “Water Writes,” which shed light on water issues locally. Several Water Writes murals are located in California, El Salvador, South Africa, and this specific wall mural is located at downtown Phoenix, AZ. This innovative collaboration includes Black Mesa Water Coalition and the Estria Foundation.

Mario Alba
Ramon Aguirre
David Alvarez
Jules Badoni
Averian Chee
Lalo Cota
Angel Diaz
Xochitl Enrique
Edgar Fernandez
Jeremy Fields
Ivan Garcia
Jeff Slim
Kim Smith