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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

  • The Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide “Key Concepts” document is out for comment and posted on FEMA’s Website. This 7-page document summarizes key concepts and questions that FEMA seeks tribal governments' input on to inform an update of the Agency's policy on tribal hazard mitigation planning. Comments will be accepted until July 8, 2016.

  • The Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance document is out for comment and posted on the Federal Register here.  The Guidance can also be found here for review and comment.  Comments are accepted until April 7, 2016.

  • FEMA Seeks Comments on PDA ManualFEMA is seeking comments from state, tribal, and local emergency management practitioners on the draft Preliminary Damage Assessment Operating Manual. The manual establishes national damage assessment standards developed from historic lessons learned and best-practices already in use by local, state, tribal and federal emergency management agencies. The draft manual is posted on the FEMA website. Comments should be added to the comment matrix and submitted to PDAmanual@fema.dhs.gov.The comment period will be open to Tribal Nations and the broader public until November 14, 2015. 

  • Seeking Comments on the Guidelines for Implementing the Federal Flood Risk Standard: Prior to implementation of the Standard additional input from stakeholders is being solicited and considered on the Guidelines. The new federal flood risk standard requires all future federal investments in and affecting floodplains to meet the level of resilience as established by the Standard.  For example, this includes where federal funds are used to build new structures and facilities or to rebuild those that have been damaged.

  • FEMA Publishes FEMA and Tribal Nations - A Pocket Guide: This pocket guide explains the Agency's policies related to tribal engagement, outlines key FEMA programs and how they specifically relate to federally-recognized tribes, and provides key contact information.  Contact your regional tribal liasion and get your copy today!

  • 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.

Last Updated: 
04/27/2016 - 14:28