Climate change has affected communities across the United States, but for Native Americans the effects hit closer to home.

Donald Simpson, the climate project director, has seen climate change in the Northwest create challenges for Native American tribes. He says it is especially evident for tribes when it comes to their tribal culture - a culture centered on a relationship with their native lands.

"The tribes, more than any other people in the country, are effected more by climate change because of their connection to the resources," said Simpson

The disappearance of water supply, diminishing salmon population, and wildfires all spurred by climate change, threaten tribes across the country.

James Holt, a representative of the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division, says his the fight against climate change is taken very seriously by the tribes.

"We're very concerned about that and ensuring that we protect our way of life and those things that have sustained since time and memorial," said Holt.

To help fight the effects of climate change, the University of Idaho in McCall is hosting the Inaugural Tribal Climate Camp as an opportunity for six tribes from across the country to start a dialogue on ways to adapt to climate change.

William Longfellow, a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe visiting from Maine, says the camp has been a great first step in adapting to the effects of climate change.

“We need to respond immediately and now so it's not 20 or 50 years from now and we're saying we should have done something,” said Longfellow.

The camp is focused on developing the young members of the tribes to be actively battling this issue into the future.

James Holt, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division, says future generations are the key to keeping the tribes thriving.

"We're trying to keep this discussion and dialogue positive," said Holt. "You are our hope. You are that heat that will go forward on our behalf and we want to give all of our tools to you in the best way we can."

Tools to face a challenge that won't be easy.

The tribes plan to go home to their own communities and implement what they've learned here to fight the effects of climate change at home.