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The Cherokee nation oringated in the Southeast of North America. As people who lived off the land and everything that came with it, animals played and continue to play a major role in Cherokee life as a source of food and cultural significance in tribal rituals. Climate change is beginning to significantly affect waterways and land that are habitats for many animal species in the Southeast, as are human factors such as livestock farming. This causes diminshing resources and a lack of culturally important animals that hold significant meaning to the Cherokee Nation. With different efforts from convservation plans and protections, the Cherokee nation and other Southeastern nations are beginning to work towards protecting these endangered animals and protecting land through renewable energy, protection and conservations plans and research.