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
- FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy Signed: On August 12, 2014, the FEMA Administrator signed the final FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy, which established 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 consultations. View the new policy.
- Active Consultation: Tribal Disaster Declaration Process: In April 2014, FEMA initiated consultation with tribes on a preliminary draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance, which will describe the process tribal governments will use to request Presidential emergency or major disaster declarations independent of a state. The guidance also outlines the criteria FEMA will use to make a recommendation to the President whether or not to authorize disaster assistance. Comments on the draft guidance are currently being accepted until August 31, 2014.