Climate Crisis Committee to Hold Hearing on Tribal Strategies For Solving The Climate Crisis
WASHINGTON - The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a hybrid hearing titled “Tribal Voices, Tribal Wisdom: Strategies for the Climate Crisis” on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The hearing will take place in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building and via Zoom video conferencing. It will be broadcast live here.
The hearing will honor Native American Heritage Month and focus on tribal perspectives on climate change, the transition to a clean energy economy, and adaptation to climate impacts.
The committee will receive testimony from:
Hon. Fawn Sharp, President, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI); Vice President, Quinault Indian Nation. Sharp serves as the Vice President of the Quinault Indian Nation, a community of 2,500 in Taholah, Washington. She is also the 23rd President of the NCAI, the oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native tribal government organization in the country.
Hon. Melvin J. Baker, Chairman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Born and raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, Baker was elected as Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in 2020. He previously served on the Southern Ute Tribal Council, the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, and the Southern Ute Indian Housing Authority.
Dr. Casey Thornbrugh, Climate Change Program Manager, Office of Environmental Resource Management, United South and Eastern Tribes Inc.; Tribal Climate Science Liaison, DOI Northeast and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers. A citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Thornbrugh works with Tribal Nations to identify climate research needs and priorities. He is also an expert in climate adaptation planning, climate teleconnections, and North American precipitation.
Pilar Thomas, Partner, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group, Quarles & Brady LLP. Thomas is an expert in tribal renewable energy project development and finance, tribal economic development, federal Indian Law, and natural resource development. She previously served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs at the US Department of Energy.
More information about the hearing, including a live webcast, will be available on the committee’s website.