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Climate Resilience

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Climate Resilience at LiKEN promotes understanding and adaptation to climate-related challenges. We use intercultural, relational approaches that weave together Indigenous and other scientific knowledge systems. Our team includes a diverse mix of professionals, leaders, and creatives from various fields. Together, we assess community needs and engage in collaborative and participatory action-focused research and planning processes.


A significant impact of our work is the fostering of networks among activists, educators, scientists, advisors, officials, and communities. These connections tackle entrenched inequities and foster growth. Our collaborative efforts work towards creating trusted spaces for transformative knowledge, fostering meaningful change and action.

Recent Blog Posts

Celebrating a Historic Moment in Disarmament: The Crucial Role of Activism and Collaboration

Celebrating a Historic Moment in Disarmament: The Crucial Role of Activism and Collaboration

August 11, 2023

Addressing Climate-Forced Displacement in the United States: A Just and Equitable Response

Addressing Climate-Forced Displacement in the United States: A Just and Equitable Response

July 16, 2021

Rising Voices 8: Finding Community Amidst a Pandemic

Rising Voices 8: Finding Community Amidst a Pandemic

June 4, 2021

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The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences

LiKEN co-administrates The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences (Rising Voices), which facilitates intercultural, relational-based approaches for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability, and climate change. Rising Voices supports a growing network of Indigenous, tribal and community leaders, atmospheric, social, biological and ecological scientists, students, educators and experts from around the world. At its core, Rising Voices aims to advance science through collaborations that bring Indigenous and Earth sciences into partnership, provides opportunities for Indigenous students and early career scientists through scientific and community mentoring, and supports adaptive and resilient communities through sharing scientific capacity.

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Rising Voices Changing Coasts Hub

The Rising Voices, Changing Coasts (RVCC) Hub creates an inclusive space where Indigenous knowledge-holders from diverse coastal regions will work with university-trained social, ecosystem, and physical Earth system scientists and students on transformative convergence research to address coastal hazards in the contexts of their communities.

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Restoring Louisiana Marshes

LiKEN is honored to collaborate in this important project to restore marsh ecosystems, reduce land loss and flood risk, and protect sacred sites through filling in the canals dredged in Louisiana’s wetlands. The Atakapa-Ishak Chawasha Tribe of Grand Bayou Indian Village, Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe initiated the project, which integrates coastal resilience activities and cultural heritage, in partnership with the Lowlander Center. LiKEN is a subawardee on the project.

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Land to Sea Network

LiKEN's Land to Sea project supports research focused on a watershed-level, community hub approach, connecting coastal communities from the Pacific Ocean (California, Hawai‘i), the Gulf of Mexico (Louisiana), and the Caribbean Sea (Puerto Rico), all planning for the future impacts of flooding and fire in the context of multiple stressors, including climate change.

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Women, Ginseng and Ecologies of Care

LiKEN's Women and Ginseng project showcases the livelihoods and stories of female ginseng stewards in Appalachia through a series of profiles and short films produced by Clara Haizlett.

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Climate Education Centering Indigenous Knowledge

A number of our initiatives create climate education materials and trainings centered on Indigenous knowledge systems.

  • Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Program Fostering Indigenous Relationships & Education  (CAMPFIRE) Council

  • Tribal and Indigenous communities' experiences of COVID-19 and climate change

  • Responsible Research and Engagement Practices for Indigenous Data Governance in Earth Science Institutions

  • Training for Community Relocation, Managed Retreat, and Protect-in-place

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