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* Status: Currently accepting comments on the draft Tribal Declaration Pilot Guidance thru August 31, 2014.

On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act.  The Act included a provision to provide federally-recognized Indian tribal governments the option to request a Presidential emergency or major disaster declaration independent of a state.  In order to allow tribes the choice to use the new authority immediately, FEMA is processing tribal declaration requests using current declarations regulations used for state requests.  FEMA seeks to develop a declarations procedures specifically for tribal governments and takes into account the unique circumstances that affect tribal communities. 

As a first step in developing tribal-specific procedures, FEMA developed a first draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance which was developed using input from tribal governments last year.  FEMA is conducting a second round of consultation with tribal governments through working meetings throughout the country.  During this tribal consultation FEMA is asking tribal governments for their thoughts and comments on a working draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance.  The guidance will describe how FEMA processes and evaluates requests for assistance under the Stafford Act from tribal governments. The input provided during the tribal consultation will inform the further development of the pilot guidance

Documents and Information

Schedule

The following events have been scheduled so that tribal officials or their designees can discuss and provide input on the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance.  As additional events are scheduled, we will update this section with more information.

  • April 2, 2014
    Location: Reno, NV
    Description: FEMA addressed the Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission.
  • April 8, 2014
    Location: Shawnee, OK
    Description: FEMA addressed the Intertribal Emergency Management Council of Oklahoma.
  • April 9, 2014
    Location: Fairbanks, AK
    Description: FEMA addressed the Tanana Chiefs Conference.
  • April 16, 2014
    Location: Ferndale, WA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council.
  • April 29, 2014
    Location: Coarsegold, CA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Intertribal Council of California. 
  • May 6, 2014
    Location: Scottsdale, AZ
    Description: FEMA addressed the Tribal Assistance Coordination Group.
  • May 7, 2014
    Location: Grand Mound, WA 
    Description: FEMA addressed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Mid-Year Convention.
  • May 12, 2014
    Location: Window Rock, AZ
    Description: FEMA addressed the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe.
  • May 14, 2014
    Location: Grande Ronde, OR
    Description: FEMA addressed the Confederation Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.   
  • May 14, 2014
    Location: Wausaw, WI
    Description: FEMA addressed the Wisconsin Tribal Emergency Management Association.
  • May 15, 2014
    Location: Nespelem, WA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
  • May 16, 2014
    Location: Warm Springs, OR
    Description: FEMA addressed the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
  • May 19, 2014
    Location: Billings, MT
    Description: FEMA addressed the Montana/Wyoming Leadership Council.
  • May 19, 2014
    Location: Rincon, CA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Intertribal Council of California.
  • May 21, 2014 
    Location: Susanville, CA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Intertribal Council of California.
  • May 21, 2014
    Location: Roseburg, OR
    Description: FEMA addressed the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians of Oregon.
  • May 27, 2014
    Location: North Bend, OR
    Description: FEMA addressed the Coquille Tribe of Oregon.
  • May 28, 2014
    Location: Rapid City, SD
    Description: FEMA addressed the North Dakota/South Dakota Nations.
  • May 28, 2014
    Location: St. Paul, AK
    Description: FEMA addressed the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island.
  • May 28, 2014
    Location: Rock Hill, SC
    Description: FEMA addressed the Catawba Indian Nation.
  • May 29, 2014
    Location: Chiloquin, OR
    Description: FEMA addressed the Klamath Tribes.
  • May 30, 2014
    Location: Pendleton, OR
    Description: FEMA addressed the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. 
  • June 3, 2014
    Location: Bar Harbor, ME
    Description: FEMA addressed the United South and Eastern Tribes Semi-Annual Meeting.
  • June 3, 2014
    Location: Elko, NV
    Description: FEMA addressed the Intertribal Council of Nevada.
  • June 3, 2014
    Location: Kansas City, MO
    Description: FEMA addressed the Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas, Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Santee Sioux Nation, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki Nation.
  • June 3, 2014
    Location: Shawnee, OK
    Description: FEMA addressed the Intertribal Emergency Management Council Summit.
  • June 4, 2014
    Location: Manistee, MI
    Description: FEMA addressed the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.
  • June 8, 2014
    Location: Anchorage, AK
    Description: FEMA addressed the National Congress of American Indians.
  • June 9, 2014
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
    Description: FEMA addressed the Society of Indian Government Employees.
  • June 10, 2014
    Location: Bernalillo, NM
    Description: FEMA addressed the Southern Pueblos Governor’s Council.
  • June 11, 2014
    Location: Valley Center, CA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Intertribal Long-Term Recovery Committee
  • June 11, 2014
    Location: Cedar City, UT
    Description: FEMA addressed the Utah Tribal Leaders Council.
  • June 16, 2014
    Location: Savoonga, AK
    Description: FEMA addressed the Native Village of Gambell and Native Village of Savoonga
  • June 17, 2014
    Location: Portland, OR
    Description: FEMA addressed the Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference.
  • June 17, 2014
    Location: Tesuque, NM
    Description: FEMA addressed the Eight Northern Pueblos Council.
  • June 18, 2014
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    Description: FEMA addressed the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
  • June 20, 2014
    Location: Sequim, WA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe of Washington.
  • June 24, 2014
    Location: Ignacio, CO
    Description: FEMA addressed the Four Corners Rural Tribal Summit.
  • June 24, 2014
    Location: Dowagiac, MI
    Description: FEMA addressed the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
  • June 24, 2014
    Location: Dillingham, AK
    Description: FEMA addressed the Curyung Tribal Council, Native Village of Port Heiden, and Portage Creek Village.
  • June 25, 2014
    Location: King Salmon, AK
    Description: FEMA addressed the South Naknek Village.
  • June 30, 2014
    Location: Craig, AK
    Description: FEMA addressed the Klawock Cooperative  Association, Organized Village of Kasaan, Craig Tribal Association, and Hydaburg Cooperative  Association.
  • July 2, 2014
    Location: Irving, NY
    Description: FEMA addressed the Seneca Nation of New York.
  • July 10, 2014
    Location: Lapwai, ID
    Description: FEMA addressed the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho.
  • July 10, 2014
    Location: Plummer, ID
    Description: FEMA addressed the Coeur D’Alene Tribe of the Coeur D’Alene Reservation.
  • July 10, 2014
    Location: Charenton, LA
    Description: FEMA addressed the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana.
  • July 10, 2014
    Location: Southampton, NY
    Description: FEMA addressed the Shinnecock Nation.
  • July 14, 2014
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
    Description: FEMA addressed the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona.
  • July 15, 2014
    Location: Pala, CA
    Description: FEMA to address the Intertribal Long-Term Recovery Committee
  • July 21, 2014
    Location: Trinidad, CA
    Description: FEMA to address the Inter-Tribal Council of California.
  • July 24, 2014
    Location: Forks, WA
    Description: FEMA to address the Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation.
  • July 28, 2014
    Location: Neah Bay, WA
    Description: FEMA to address the Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation.
  • July 28, 2014
    Location: Toholah, WA
    Description: FEMA to address the Quinault Indian Nation.
  • July 29, 2014
    Location: Tokeland, WA
    Description: FEMA to address the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

 

 Submit Comments

Do you have feedback on this proposed guidance?  Comments will be accepted thru August 31, 2014.  Please email your comments to TribalConsultation@fema.dhs.gov  or send by regular mail to:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Recovery Directorate c/o Jessica Stewart
500 C Street SW, Room 422
Washington, DC 20472

For general questions or feedback on other topics, please contact your Regional Tribal Liaison.

 

Last Updated: 
07/16/2014 - 18:14
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