Minnesota tribal chair appointed to climate change task force

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MPR News reports that the only Minnesotan on President Obama's new climate change task force is Karen Diver, chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

She is also the only tribal representative from the lower 48 states. The other members include eight governors and 16 mayors.

Obama convened the task force Friday to advise the administration on how to prepare for a warming planet.

"Tribal entities have been talking about this for quite a while," Diver said. "How do we preserve access to natural food sources, like good quality fish, maple sugar, for Minnesota tribes, wild rice, which was totally decimated by the flooding in our region."

In an interview, Diver told WDIO TV her community has valuable information about the effect of climate change on wild rice and maple syrup, as well as the spike in mercury in fish.

Indian Country Today quotes the executive order that asks the task force to “remove barriers, create incentives, and otherwise modernize Federal programs to encourage investments, practices, and partnerships that facilitate increased resilience to climate impacts, including those associated with extreme weather.”

Findings and recommendations will be shared through a new portal to be built at data.gov.

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