The Department of the Interior omits evidence of climate change

A site on climate change for Native American tribes is the most recent casualty of science-purging.


The Department of the Interior has removed almost all mentions of climate change from an agency website documenting efforts to address the phenomenon within government programs for Native Americans.


BuzzFeed News first noticed a webpage for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Climate Resilience Program, originally tasked with “mainstreaming climate change considerations into all Bureau of Indian Affairs activities,” was changed sometime over the past month. The program is now called simply the Tribal Resilience Program and has a mission statement noticeably less science-forward.


“The BIA Tribal Resilience Program provides federal-wide resources to Tribes to build capacity and resilience through leadership engagement, delivery of data and tools, training and tribal capacity building,” the site now reads.


An archive of the webpage from May 13 shows the word “climate” appearing on the page 61 times. The new page lists the word once, in a website header. 


The postion change isn't a shocking one for the branch, now beneath the stewardship of interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.


It has made numerous movements to limit or eliminate mentions of weather alternate from its substantial array of URLs from the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The DOI’s primary landing web page on climate change previously listed the organization’s widespread efforts to combat weather change and pointed to a bunch of troubling outcomes related to the difficulty. In April, however, the page was scrubbed of all such records and the term climate change now seems totally omitted.


The company has also eliminated photos of melting glaciers and wildfires ― each linked to climate change ― and replaced with a landing page photograph of a family visiting a US national park park with one family member  standing on a large pile of coal.


DOI’s Bureau of Indian Affairs is tasked with serving and shielding the united states’s 567 federally identified tribes. however as BuzzFeed notes, the Trump management’s proposed finances for 2018 might remove $9.9 million in funding for Tribal climate Resilience Awards.


These proposals have brought on extreme backlash among a few native American communities, who have called on Congress to restore funding to climate and welfare programs, PBS Newshour stated.


The Trump administration has worked fast to reverse nearly every primary environmental attempt that former President Barack Obama had made. Most currently, Trump suggested that the united states could pull out of the landmark Paris climate accord and he tweeted his support Monday for a new coal mine in Pennsylvania.


In March, Zinke ordered the DOI to conduct a “reexamination of the mitigation and climate change guidelines and guidance across the department of the indoors to be able to better balance conservation strategies and rules with the similarly valid need to create jobs for hardworking American families.”



Curated for You


Top Contributors more

Latest blog