Native American leaders seek federal climate change action

Native American leaders seek federal climate change action
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Yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday October 9th, 2017. Tropical Storm Ophelia is the 15th named storm of what has been an active and destructive hurricane season.

Native American leaders gathering for a Milwaukee convention are asking the Trump administration to do more to combat climate change.

Tribal leaders attending this week’s National Congress of American Indians tell Wisconsin Public Radio that recent wildfires and hurricanes are a sign of rising global temperatures. They say the federal government needs to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But some tribes aren’t waiting for federal action. The Forest County Potawatomi are trying to use solar energy in order to lower their carbon energy usage. The Oneida, Ho-Chunk and Menominee tribes are also working to reduce carbon emissions.

Interior Department official John Tahsuda says federal agencies are working to understand the science behind climate change.

The convention began Oct. 15 and runs until Oct. 20.