The Passamaquoddy tribe is already working to address erosion and the climate's impacts on drinking water and power supplies.
The Cipelahq Ehpicik drumming group performed on the Pleasant Point reservation to honor their ancestors and preserve their culture in this 2021 file photo. Credit: Fred J. Field / Maine Monitor

A new federal program announced Wednesday aims to help tribal communities that are severely affected by climate change. It includes $5 million for Maine’s Passamaquoddy Tribe.

The Department of the Interior is committing $115 million to 11 tribes, for climate change relocation programs and adaptation planning. The funds are coming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Tribal environmental planner Marvin Cling said the $5 million in funding will help the Passamaquoddy respond to the effects of climate change.

“To try not to make the impacts so adverse, and we can mitigate and adapt as best as possible,” he said.

Cling said the tribe is already working to address erosion and the climate’s impacts on drinking water and power supplies.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.