Native Americans, infamous throughout human history for their notoriously scornful attitude toward nature and their lustful despoliation of pristine land, are about to get learned on how they can modify the way they interact with the environment and save their corner of the planet from climate change – all thanks to the missionary outreach of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
In the Federal government’s latest noble attempt to soften the edges of brutish native savagery, the BLM is spending nearly half a million dollars to teach Indians in the American northwest how to incorporate climate adaptation plans into their routine interactions with the great outdoors.
From a report Tuesday at CNS News:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region ”climate adaptation plans” for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities.
… The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GBLCC) is one of 22 LCCs nationwide established by the Department of the Interior (DOI) in 2010 to “better integrate science and management to address climate change and related issues.” The Great Basin area covers parts of Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and California.
… Todd Hopkins, GBLCC’s science coordinator, told CNSNews.com that the trainings will focus on “actions that the tribes can take in response to changing climatic conditions.”
The initiative involves four tribes, each of which has GBLCC representation, and will follow a climate change curriculum developed by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.
“In July, President Obama announced the Tribal Climate Resilience Program to ‘help tribes prepare for climate change,’” CNS News reported. “As part of this initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will ‘dedicate $10 million in funding for tribes and tribal organizations to develop tools to enable adaptive resource management, as well as the ability to plan for climate resilience.’”
There’s no word on whether the BLM will be handing out Bibles (or the Obama Administration’s religious book du jour.)