FEMA Tribal Affairs
Tribal governments and their members are an essential part of our nation’s emergency management team. Effective relationships with tribes are necessary to fulfill FEMA’s mission of working together to improve our nation’s disaster preparedness and response. FEMA is committed to supporting Indian Country in its efforts to build more resilient and better prepared communities.
Along with the need to ensure the safety of tribal communities and tribal lands in the face of disasters, FEMA shares the U.S. government’s unique government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes. FEMA acknowledges the sovereignty of federally recognized tribes and is committed to enhancing our working relationship with tribal governments to improve emergency and disaster responsiveness throughout Indian Country.
Highlights & Updates
Active Tribal Consultations
Proposed Tribal Consultation Policy: This policy will establish a process to guide FEMA officials on how to engage Indian tribes and Tribal Officials in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on actions that have tribal implications. FEMA is currently accepting comments on this proposed policy until March 3, 2014.
On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, which amended the Stafford 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. To help tribal governments in considering whether to request a Presidential declaration, FEMA provided overview and FAQ documents of the current procedures to make a declaration request.