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December 15, 2020

Tribal partners from the North Central CASC played a key role in helping develop the Missouri River Basin and Midwest Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS).

Drought has been a constant concern for the Midwest region with many Tribal nations within the Missouri River Basin experiencing multiple episodes of drought since 2000. In consultation with tribal resource managers, including the North Central CASC Research Associate James Rattling Leaf and other Tribal partners, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) worked to identify critical engagement gaps and the actions that could be taken to address them across the Missouri River Basin and Midwest to inform the development of the NIDIS Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy. This collaboration allowed NIDIS to integrate indigenous perspectives and strengthen relationships with tribal resource managers across the Missouri River Basin and Midwest regions in order to more effectively deliver timely and relevant drought information to them through the region’s Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS). The Strategy is also meant to support drought monitoring, forecasting, and resilience plans for tribal nations.

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