BIA Regional Tribal Resilience Liaisons are stationed at DOI Science Centers throughout Indian Country and help respond to diverse challenges Tribal communities are facing by serving as extension agents, facilitating research, and coordinating forums and exchange.
Sara Smith - Midwest region
Casey thornbrugh - Northeast/southeast region
Casey Thornbrugh is a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Citizen originally from Massachusetts. He spent much of his youth and college years in the U.S. Southwest where he studied climate and worked with communities of Tribal Nations on climate monitoring and climate education.
After working at Tohono O’odham Community College, a tribal college on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona, Casey moved back to the East Coast to be closer to family and to work with his Tribe. He now works for the United South and Eastern Tribes Inc. (USET) to serve as the Tribal Climate Science Liaison between eastern tribes and the Northeast and
Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NE & SE CASC). His role is to work with the NE & SE CASCs to provide current climate science information, identify climate research needs and priorities, and to provide climate adaptation planning support for Tribal Nations in USET’s service area.
Ultimately Casey will be working with Tribal Nations to connect the climate science with traditional knowledge for supporting climate adaptation planning within these Nations.