Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Marine Affairs

First Advisor

Amelia Moore


This project interviewed members of the Narragansett Tribe on the concerns the Tribe has with climate change. Following the guidelines of decolonizing methodologies and the concept of Indigenizing futures, this project aimed to be as respectful and useful to the Narragansett Tribe as possible. The project delves into current and future Narragansett concerns the Narragansett regarding climate change, and it identifies some of the cultural, historical, and societal factors that inform their viewpoints on climate change and climate change adaptation. Some of the concerns for the Tribe included: air quality, the health of forest resources, and energy production and consumption. Ultimately, the project aims to create an informational tool for the Tribe to use to begin formulating a climate change adaptation plan. After analyzing interview responses and literature, this thesis presents initial recommendations for potential actions and strategies the Narragansett people might choose to implement in a climate change adaptation plan.



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