Casey Lozar (Photo courtesy American Indian College Fund)
Casey Lozar, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was promoted to the position of vice president of resource development for the Denver, Colorado-based American Indian College Fund.
In his new role, Lozar is responsible for resource development for all fundraising departments at the Fund, a Fund news release said.
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Lozar grew up in northwestern Montana and along with his job at the AIC Fund is working toward an MBA at the University of Colorado.
Lozar’s career includes having received two prestigious professional honors. He was named as one of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2010 Native American 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes 40 existing and emerging American Indian leaders under 40 years of age who demonstrate leadership, initiative and dedication to achieve significant contributions in their careers, communities, and to Indian Country. He was also named as one of 12 of the Independent Sector NGEN Leadership Fellows.
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The National Wildlife Federation released a report this week detailing its findings that tribes are more adversely affected by climate change than other groups.
The findings from “Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future for Indian Country” cite a heavy tribal dependence on natural resources as the cause of the more severe impact, a NWF press release said.
Because Tribes are heavily dependent on natural resources, severe weather events like droughts, floods, wildfires, and snowstorms make tribal communities particularly vulnerable and impact American Indians and Alaska Natives more than they impact the general population.
As temperatures rise, the report found, the chance of natural disasters and prolonged negative climate occurrences increases hardships for Native people.
The reports lists several specific threats:
- Extreme droughts weaken trees’ ability to resist pests and to curb erosion and siltation. On the nation’s 326 reservations, there are approximately 18.6 million forested acres. Droughts also lower water levels and impair agricultural productivity.
- Water scarcity in the West further complicates Tribes’ unresolved water rights claims.
For more information, visit the National Wildlife Federation’s website.
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