The Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe is a federally recognized Tribe with sovereign authority over the 345,000 acre Coeur d’Alene Reservation in present-day northwest Idaho. With over 2,200 Tribal members, the “Schitsu’umsh,” (meaning “The Discovered People” or “Those Who Are Found Here” in the tribal language) is governed by the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Government.
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s SQIGWTS project seeks to convey the meaning and significance of the Tribe’s Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene) Indigenous knowledge and practice. In 2015, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and University of Idaho developed a data sharing protocol (Protocol and Best Practice for the Research on and Public Distribution of Information from Projects involving Indigenous Peoples) and an agreement to inform work, research, and collaborations with the Tribe (including their climate change work), designed to ethically support and protect local and Traditional Knowledges and culturally sensitive information (Terms & Conditions—Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge).
Where is the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe’s Climate Work Highlighted in the Guidebook?
Step 1: Activity 4 – Consider Opportunities & Risks of Incorporating Traditional Knowledges.