American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group

Chahta ButlerChahta Butler

2007 NASA / AIHEC Summer intern

Haskell Indian Nations University
American Indian Studies
Senior

Project: Mapping the ancient paths with remote sensing

Objectives

  • To use GIS and remote sensing imagery to gain a better understanding of traditional Sámi reindeer migration patterns in the Norwegian Arctic.
  • To asses potential loss of grazing lands that are vital to reindeer

Recommendations

  • Educating the younger generations of our own children about the impacts of a changing climate
  • Adjusting the number of reindeer in the grazing pastures
  • Continuing research with the Nordic Sámi Institute and the Sámi University College

Acknowledgements

  • NASA/AIHEC
  • Dr. Nancy Maynard, Mentor, NASA Tribal College & University Project
  • Janie Nall, GSFC Office of Higher Education
  • Ken Bailey, Dep. of Interior
  • Al Kuslikis, AIHEC
  • Jennifer Brennan, NASA EOSDIS Outreach Lead
  • Dr. Dan Wildcat,  HINU
  • Julia Goodfox,  AIHEC/HINU
  • Dr. Bull Bennett, Tribal College Science Coordinator  NDATC
  • Paula Smith, Colleague & Partner  AIHEC/HINU
  • Thank you to everyone who has helped me along my way through this project!

USGSRELEVANT LINKS

My power point presentation

Saami Indigenous people

Sami Reindeer Migrations

EALAT project

Norway

International Polar Year