Tribal Consultations

FEMA recognizes the nation-to-nation 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 tribal governments to ensure that FEMA policies and programs address tribal needs.

FEMA's Tribal Consultation Policy, updated in July 2019 with input from Tribal Nations, outlines the process that FEMA officials use to conduct consultation with tribal governments. FEMA’s Tribal Consultation Policy Instructions provide guidance and direction for FEMA’s implementation of the Tribal Consultation Policy.

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Please contact the FEMA Tribal Affairs team to request a tribal consultation.

Upcoming Consultations and Other Events



The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will host the 9th Annual Tribal Nations Training Week at the CDP campus in Anniston, Alabama. CDP training is completely funded for state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training, and any equipment required during training.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a virtual tribal consultation on the Individual Assistance Reform.

Past Consultations



FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a virtual tribal consultation on the Individual Assistance Reform.


FEMA will host an in-person only listening session with Tribal Nations on the Individual Assistance Reform on February 12, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, at the National Congress of American Indian (NCAI) Executive Council Winter Session.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on the Tribal Mitigation Planning Policy Guide.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on the Tribal Declarations Guidance hosted by the National Congress of American Indians.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal webinar on the Tribal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and HMGP Post Fire.


FEMA invites tribal governments and partners to attend a virtual tribal consultation on the implementation of the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program (TCGP).


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on the Tribal Declarations Guidance hosted by the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal listening session on the draft National Resilience Guidance


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on the Tribal Declarations Guidance hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on the Tribal Mitigation Planning Policy Guide.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a virtual tribal consultation on the Tribal Mitigation Planning Policy Guide.


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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Tazlina help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Bethel to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Kasigluk to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Beaver to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


The Grant Programs Directorate will host a webinar on procurement under FEMA awards and the Build America, Buy America Act.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Russian Mission to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Kongiganak help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Alakanuk to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Kwethluk to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


The Grant Programs Directorate will host a webinar on procurement under FEMA awards and the Build America, Buy America Act.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Napakiak help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


FEMA will host a virtual consultation with Tribal Nations to discuss the Notice and Request for Information on simplifying FEMA preparedness grants.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Circle to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Kwethluk to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Russian Mission to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Glennallen to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Kasigluk to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be taking part in a follow-up site visit to Emmonak to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Alakanuk to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Lower Kalskag to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Akiachak to help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


Graphic shows a FEMA employee standing in front of the State of Alaska with the FEMA logo below blue text. Text reads: FEMA in Your Community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance staff will be in Stevens Village help survivors impacted by the ice jam and snow melt flooding that occurred between May 12 and June 3, 2023.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on the Tribal Declarations Guidance.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a virtual tribal consultation on the Community Disaster Resilience Zones Act.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a virtual tribal consultation on the Tribal Mitigation Planning Policy Guide.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund (Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF).


FEMA will host a Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide Tribal Webinar to provide an overview of the 2023 HMA Guide.


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal consultation on the Tribal Declarations Guidance.


FEMA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will host a virtual consultation with Tribal Nations on FEMA’s implementation of the Shelter and Services Program (SSP).


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend the first in a series of tribal consultations on the Tribal Declarations Guidance.


FEMA will host a virtual consultation with Tribal Nations to solicit feedback and recommendations on its new Equity Guide.


FEMA will host an in-person listening session with Tribal Nations and Emergency Managers at the Center for Domestic Preparedness to discuss the 2017 Tribal Declarations Guidance.


This month, the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division hosted a webinar tailored to Tribal Nations to provide an overview of the fiscal year 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Program.


FEMA will host an in-person tribal listening session with Tribal Nations at the Executive Council Winter Session of the National Congress of American Indians to discuss FEMA’s new Shelter and Services Program.


FEMA will host an in-person listening session with Tribal Nations at the Executive Council Winter Session of the National Congress of American Indians to discuss the 2017 Tribal Declarations Guidance.


FEMA will host webinars to explain the updated Public Assistance (PA) Simplified Procedures policy. The policy simplifies implementation of the Public Assistance program to support rapid recovery for applicants.


FEMA is accepting comments from all stakeholders, including state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments (SLTT), nonprofit organizations, private organizations, industry, and individuals regarding the proposed 6-month adjustment period waiver of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA) for Tribal recipients and subrecipients.


FEMA will host a virtual government-to-government consultation with the Tribal Nations that have been impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire and whose tribal entities, tribal corporations, or tribal members have been impacted by the fire(s).


FEMA organizará una consulta virtual de gobierno a gobierno con las Naciones Tribales que han sido afectadas por el incendio en Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon y cuyas entidades tribales, corporaciones o miembros tribales han sido afectados por el incendio.


FEMA will host a virtual tribal consultation with Tribal Nations to discuss FEMA’s implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA).


FEMA will host a virtual tribal consultation with Tribal Nations to discuss proposed legislative changes impacting the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP).


FEMA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will host a virtual tribal consultation to discuss the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program.


FEMA will host a virtual tribal consultation on DHS and FEMA preparedness grant programs, including the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) and the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP).


This listening session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Registration is necessary.


This listening session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Registration is necessary.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


This feedback session is intended to provide information and gather input from Tribal Nations on FEMA’s draft 2022-2026 National Tribal Strategy.


FEMA is extending the public comment period for Cost of Assistance Estimates in the Disaster Declaration Process for the Public Assistance Program proposed ruled. This meeting will help ensure all interested parties have sufficient opportunity to review and provide comments on the proposed changes.


FEMA is seeking tribal input on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Safe Opening and Operation Work Eligible for Public Assistance (Interim), FEMA FP Policy 104-21-0003.  Therefore, FEMA is hosting a teleconference tribal consultation session to receive input from tribal nations on this interim policy.


FEMA would like to hear tribal concerns on the process to support the delivery of funeral assistance. Therefore, FEMA is hosting a virtual tribal consultation session to receive input from tribal nations on funeral assistance policies and procedures.


FEMA’s Recovery Directorate, in partnership with FEMA’s Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division, will be hosting a virtual listening session with tribal leaders to discuss Recovery coronavirus (COVID-19) policies, guidance and their implementation and impact on tribal nations.


FEMA is currently seeking input from federally recognized Indian tribal governments on specific provisions of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA). DRRA reforms acknowledge the expectation of a shared, whole community responsibility for disaster response and recovery, while readying the nation for catastrophic disasters.


FEMA updated the Tribal Consultation Policy which guides how FEMA engages tribal governments with regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on actions that have tribal implications.


The FEMA Tribal Policy was revised and updated following the tribal consultation period from August 22, 2016 to October 28, 2016 and superseded the previous FEMA Tribal Policy, which was effective from 2013-2016.


FEMA conducted a third round of consultation on the second draft guidance with tribal governments through listening sessions throughout the country in 2016. The input received will be used to develop the final guidance.


FEMA sought comments from state, tribal, and local emergency management practitioners on the draft Preliminary Damage Assessment Operating Manual.


This guidance describes how FEMA will process and evaluate requests from tribal governments for a disaster declaration, independent of a state. FEMA developed the first draft of guidance, using input from tribal governments in 2013.


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 tribes and tribal Officials in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on actions that have tribal implications.


This consultation requested tribal comment on the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 and on the new process for tribal emergency and major disaster declarations.
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