PBS NewsHour Hosts American Indian Panel on Coping With Climate Change July 19

PBS NewsHour is doing a series on climate change and has discovered that American Indians are at the forefront.

Earlier today we noted a segment of PBS NewsHour devoted to the Swinomish of Washington State, who are facing steep declines in salmon population—a bad omen for a tribe whose name for itself is Salmon People.

Tonight the public-television network brings us "Climate Change Strikes Especially Hard Blow to Native Americans," a panel of prominent American Indian environmental experts who talk about what has changed over the years and what it's like to live on the forefront of climate change.

"When we began our NewsHour coverage on communities across the United States coping with climate change, we didn't plan to focus on Native American tribes," PBS writes on its site. "But we soon realized that indigenous communities are on the frontlines of America's climate-related dangers."

It's all part of the public-television network's series "Coping with Climate Change," which highlights the ways that climate change is affecting our daily lives.

"Traditional values teach us to be good ancestors," said Micah McCarty, chairman of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, Washington, to the NewsHour. "Future generations are going to look back at us and say, 'What did you do about this?' "

The series is ongoing, but the segment featuring part of the panel discussion airs July 19 on the show. Check local listings for broadcast time.