Rock cliff outside of Gallup, New Mexico

Covid-Climate Working Group

The Tribal Extension COVID-Climate Working Group meets monthly via Zoom for 60 minutes on the 2nd Friday of the month at 11:00a PT/ 12:00p MT/ 1:00p CT/ 2:00 ET.

Our monthly Zoom calls deliver content and provide a platform for interactive discussion among Tribal Extension agents and Native farmers, ranchers, and resource managers to mitigate the impacts of COVID and climate change. Our federal partners at USDA (from OTR, NIFA, and FSA) and others will continue to preview programs and actions targeted at Tribal Extension and Native communities. We also occasionally feature talks about innovative approaches for climate adaptation from Native and Indigenous communities, nationally and globally.

Join us!

All tribes, TCUs, FRTEP/Extension agents, and federal, state, local agencies, and people working in Indian Country are welcome to attend. Please email Vicki Hebb ([email protected]) to be added to our email list.

Links to Past Presentations


UNR Custom Mobile Slaughter Project – March 2022
Staci Emm (Professor-UNR), Charlie Mori (UNR) & Jamie Lee (UNR)
Zoom recording of presentation

Duck Valley Hoop House Project – January 2022
Reggie Premo (Tribal Outreach Specialist, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension)
Powerpoint slide deck (click to download) | Tribal Monitoring Report, Oct-Nov 2021 (click to download) 

2021 Review and 2022 Outlook of Key Economic and Risk Issues – December 2021
Shannon Niebergs (Extension Economist, Washington State University Extension)
Powerpoint slide deck (click to download)

Water Harvesters: Resilient Agroecosystems on the Arid North Coast of Peru – November 2021
Dr. Ari Caramnica (NIFA, AAAS Fellow)
Zoom link to presentation. Passcode: UR4x$G4J


US Drought Update – October 1, 2021
Dr. Kyle Bocinsky (Director of Climate Extension, Montana Climate Office)
Zoom link to presentation
PowerPoint slides (click to download)

Livestock Health Issues to Consider During Drought – September 10, 2021
Lindsay Chichester, Extension Educator, Douglas County
Zoom link to presentation
Powerpoint slides (click to download)


Farm Bill Panel Discussion – April 8, 2022
Cris Stainbrook, Indian Land Tenure Foundation; Bret Hess, Western Extension Directors Association
Zoom recording of discussion

CCAST: Case Studies and Communities of Practice to Support Landscape Scale Conservation – Sept 24, 2021
Ariel Leger, University of Arizona
Zoom link to presentation
Powerpoint slides (click to download)


Soil Health – Sept 17, 2021
Dr. Tarah Sullivan (Washington State University)
Zoom link to presentation
Powerpoint slides (click to download)

Additional Resources

  • COVID-19 Working Group Story Map – ArcGIS Story Map documenting the efforts of this working group during earlier portions of the COVID19 pandemic (March 2020 – October 2021), including information on COVID-19 response projects and links to past presentations.
  • NIFA Tribal Programs – Explore the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s tribal programs through interactive maps and data
  • Facts Not Fear – Accurate information and educational resources for Tribal members and Tribal Extension Experts about COVID-19 and vaccines. A resource developed through the work of NWAL’s COVID-19 Working Group.