Tribal Consultation

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This section contains information about the agency's active and past consultations with tribal governments. FEMA recognizes the government-to-government relationship between the U.S. government and federally recognized tribes. To acknowledge and honor the sovereignty of tribal nations, FEMA conducts regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with federally recognized tribes to ensure that FEMA policies and programs address tribal needs. 

Active Consultations

  • Disaster Declaration Process for Tribes.   This guidance describes how FEMA will process and evaluate requests from tribal governments for a disaster declaration, independent of a state. FEMA has developed a first draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance, which was developed using input from tribal governments in 2013. FEMA is currently conducting a second round of consultation on this guidance and is accepting comments until August 31, 2014.
  • FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy. FEMA created a draft tribal consultation policy and sought feedback from all federally recognized tribes. The Tribal Consultation Policy establishes 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. The comment period has now closed and FEMA is reviewing comments.

Past Consultations

These are records of past FEMA tribal consultations, including audio recordings and transcripts of listening sessions, Federal Register Notices, and letters of testimony.  These consultations are no longer open for comment.

Submitting Comments

Do you have feedback on current consultations? Please email

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

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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