Overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that human inputs of greenhouse gases are almost certain to cause continued warming of the planet. (Environmental Protection Agency, 2013) The Northwest has already observed climate changes including an average increase in temperature of 1.5Â°F over the past century. (Karl, Melillo, & Peterson, 2009) Locally, all models predict warmer temperatures, lower snowpack, and more frequent and severe droughts and floods. (Marni E. Koopman, 2011) The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes acknowledge these change and its potential impacts on the Flathead Reservation in Montana.
"Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Climate Change Strategic Plan." The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. Pablo, Montana. September 2013. Report. (http://www.csktribes.org/CSKTClimatePlan.pdf, accessed March 3, 2015)