Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

Intergovernmental Accord to Address the Critical Issue of Climate Change

Intergovernmental Accord Between the Tribal Leaders of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in Michigan and the Governor of the State of Michigan to Address the Critical Issue of Climate Change

In 2009, twelve federally recognized Indian tribes in Michigan signed an Intergovernmental Accord stating each body’s commitment to curbing climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. The Accord included an agreement to meet twice yearly in a Tribal-State Climate Change Forum, but under the Snyder administration, these meetings have not occurred. However, this is an important step in building the dialogue on climate change and its’ impacts on tribal communities.
The Tribes that signed the intergovernmental accord included the Bay Miles Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Veiux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Ottawa Indians, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Reference: Christina Rohn, Petoskey News
 Intergovernmental Climate Accord Michigan

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