Haskell Indian Nations University will host a three-day symposium, "Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples," this week at Navarre Hall.
The symposium opens Monday with a 9 a.m. presentation by Oscar Kawagley, an Alaska native who has documented global warming's impact on his Yupiaq culture.
A recent U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center study warned that shrinking polar ice may lead to the disappearance of polar bears in the region.
"We're going to be looking for ways that current research can serve the needs of native communities around the world," said Haskell professor Dan Wildcat. About 30 scientists and scholars are expected to attend.