Climate change in arid lands and Native American socioeconomic vulnerability: The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

Mahesh R. Gautam, Karletta Chief, William J. Smith

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Abstract

The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe exemplifies tribal vulnerabilities as a result of climate change. Preliminary socio-economic data and analysis reveal that the tribe's vulnerability to climate change is related to cultural and economic dependence on Pyramid Lake, while external socio-economic vulnerability factors influence adaptive capacity and amplify potential impacts. Reduced water supplies as a consequence of climate change would result in a compounded reduction of inflows to Pyramid Lake, thus potentially impacting the spawning and sustenance of a cultural livelihood, the endangered cui-ui fish (Chasmistes cujus). Meanwhile, limited economic opportunities and dwindling federal support constrain tribal adaptive capacity. Factors that contribute to tribal adaptive capacity include: sustainability-based values, technical capacity for natural resource management, proactive initiatives for the control of invasive-species, strong external scientific networks, and remarkable tribal awareness of climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClimate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages77-91
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319052663, 3319052659, 9783319052656
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

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vulnerability
climate change
lake
economic analysis
economics
invasive species
resource management
inflow
spawning
natural resource
water supply
sustainability
arid land
socioeconomics
fish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Gautam, M. R., Chief, K., & Smith, W. J. (2014). Climate change in arid lands and Native American socioeconomic vulnerability: The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. In Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions (pp. 77-91). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05266-3_7

Climate change in arid lands and Native American socioeconomic vulnerability : The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. / Gautam, Mahesh R.; Chief, Karletta; Smith, William J.

Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions. Springer International Publishing, 2014. p. 77-91.

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Gautam, MR, Chief, K & Smith, WJ 2014, Climate change in arid lands and Native American socioeconomic vulnerability: The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. in Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions. Springer International Publishing, pp. 77-91. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05266-3_7
Gautam MR, Chief K, Smith WJ. Climate change in arid lands and Native American socioeconomic vulnerability: The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. In Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions. Springer International Publishing. 2014. p. 77-91 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05266-3_7
Gautam, Mahesh R. ; Chief, Karletta ; Smith, William J. / Climate change in arid lands and Native American socioeconomic vulnerability : The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions. Springer International Publishing, 2014. pp. 77-91
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