Workshop for Building Drought Resilience in a Changing Climate with Upper Columbia and Missouri Basin Tribes

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Mission Reservoir - photo courtesy of Michael Durglo

Sep. 26 to Sep. 28, 2023

8:00 am – 2:00 pm MDT

Polson, MT
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Tuesday, September 26 (Full Day) 
Wednesday, September 27 (Full Day) 
Thursday, September 28 (AM Half Day)

Workshop Objectives

  • Provide a forum for Tribal Nations and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the Upper Columbia and Missouri Basins to share successes, challenges, opportunities, and ideas for managing current and future drought in the context of a changing climate and associated climate extremes.

  • Bring Tribal Nations, TCUs, and their partners together to discuss best practices for communicating and collaborating on projects and responding to funding opportunities that address current and future drought.

  • Discuss high-priority data and information needs and gaps to inform NOAA-NIDIS’s Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy and other efforts to support tribal drought resilience in the Upper Columbia and Missouri Basins.


KwaTaqNuk Resort & Casino
Polson, Montana 

Who should attend

This workshop is open to anyone who has an interest in drought issues on tribal lands in the Upper Columbia and Missouri River Basins, including:

  • Tribal resource managers, government leaders, and citizens
  • Tribal College and University (TCU) faculty, staff, and students
  • Federal and state partners
  • Academic partners
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Private sector partners


The map below depicts the general region of scope for the workshop.

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Meeting Contacts

Limited travel support funds are available upon request,
please contact Crystal Stiles by August 18, 2023

Planning Team: NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Wolakota Lab LLC; Montana Climate Office; Desert Research Institute; NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information; Northeast Regional Climate Center; Bureau of Indian Affairs; North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center/Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance; Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College; Oglala Sioux Tribe; National Drought Mitigation Center

For logistics and lodging support, please contact Jessica Martinez 


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