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Consultation on Disaster Declaration Process for Tribes

This page provides information, resources, and status updates about FEMA's tribal consultation on the Tribal Declaration Pilot Guidance, which will describe how FEMA processes and evaluates requests from tribal governments for disaster assistance under the Stafford Act.


On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act.  The Act included a provision to provide federally recognized Indian tribal governments (tribal governments) the option to request a Presidential emergency or major disaster declaration independent of a state.  In order to allow tribes the choice to use the new authority immediately, FEMA is processing tribal declaration requests using current declarations regulations used for state requests.  FEMA seeks to develop a declarations procedures specifically for tribal governments and takes into account the unique circumstances that affect tribal communities. 

Using input from tribal governments in 2013, FEMA developed a first draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance in 2014. In 2016, FEMA conducted a third round of consultation with tribal governments through listening sessions throughout the country, on the second draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance.

The final guidance, published in January 2017, describes how FEMA processes and evaluates requests for assistance under the Stafford Act from tribal governments. The publication of the final guidance launched the pilot phase of tribal declaration guidance implementation.

Documents and Information


The following events were scheduled so that tribal officials or their designees could discuss and provide input on the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance.  As new events are scheduled, we will update this section with more information.

2014 Schedule of Listening Sessions 

2016 Schedule of Listening Sessions - The comment period closed on April 7, 2016.

  • January 11, 2016

Location:Oroville, CA
Description:FEMA addressed the

  • January 12, 2016

Location:Sparks, NV
Description:FEMA addressed the Nevada Intertribal Emergency Response Commission. 

  • January 19, 2016

Location:Santa Ysabel, CA
Description:FEMA addressed the Intertribal Long Term Recovery Foundation.

  • January 27, 2016

Location:Sacramento, CA
Description:FEMA addressed the California Office of Emergency Services.

  • February 4, 2016

Location:Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, TX
Description:FEMA addressed the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.

  • February 9, 2016

Location:Coachella, CA
Description:FEMA addressed the

  • February 9, 2016

Location:Coquille Indian Tribe, Oregon
Description:FEMA addressed the Burns Paiute Tribe; Confederated Tribes of the Coos; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Coquille Indian Tribe; and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

  • February 9, 2016

Location:Ada, OK
Description:FEMA addressed the Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition.

  • February 10, 2016

Location:USET Impact Week, Washington, DC
Description:FEMA addressed the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Emergency Services Committee at USET Impact Week.

  • February 12, 2016

Location:Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, OR
Description:FEMA addressed the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

  • February 17 – 18, 2016

Location:Great Falls, MT
Description:FEMA addressed the Blackfeet Nation; Chippewa Cree of the Rocky Boys Reservation; and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

  • February 18, 2016

Location:Billings, MT
Description:FEMA addressed the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leadership Council.

  • February 18, 2016

Location:Keshena, WI
Description:FEMA addressed the Wisconsin Tribal Emergency Managers Alliance.

  • February 19, 2016

Location:Bishop, CA
Description:FEMA addressed the Bishop Paiute Tribe.

  • February 22, 2016

Location:Webinar, Denver, Colorado

  • February 23, 2016

Location:Phoenix, AZ
Description:FEMA addressed the

  • February 24, 2016

Location:Webinar, Washington, DC
Description:FEMA addressed the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; Coeur D’Alene Tribe, and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

  • February 25, 2016

Location:Hoopa Valley, CA
Description:FEMA addressed the

  • February 25, 2016

Location: National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Winter Session,Washington, DC
Description: FEMA addressed participants of the NCAI Executive Winter Session.

  • March 1, 2016

Location:FEMA Region VII Tribal Recovery Summit, Kansas City, MO
Description:FEMA hosted a Tribal Recovery Summit and addressed the Sac & Fox of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; the Winnebago Tribe; the Prairie Band of Potawatomi; the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska; the Kickapoo Nation; the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.

  • March 1, 2016

Location:Fort Washakie, WY
Description:FEMA addressed the

  • March 2, 2016

Location:FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD
Description:FEMA addressed students of FEMA’s E0580 Course: Emergency Management Overview for Tribal Governments, including representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoag; Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes); Mashantucket-Pequot; Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe; Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska; The Chickasaw Nation; Seneca Nation of Indians; Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; Nez Perce; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria; and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

  • March 2, 2016

Location:Fort Washakie, WY
Description:FEMA addressed the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation.

  • March 4, 2016

Location:Towaoc, CO
Description:FEMA addressed the Colorado Tribes Meeting.

  • March 7, 2016

Location:Fulton, MI
Description:FEMA addressed the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians.

  • March 7, 2016

Location:Region X
Description:FEMA addressed the Coeur D’Alene Tribe.

  • March 8, 2016

Location:Durant, OK
Description:FEMA addressed the Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition.

  • March 9, 2016

Location:Banning, CA
Description:FEMA addressed the Morongo Band; Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians; and the Cahuilla Band of Indians.

  • March 9, 2016

Location:Bismarck, ND
Description:FEMA addressed the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes).

  • March 10, 2016

Location:Irving, NY
Description:FEMA addressed the Seneca Nation of Indians.

  • March 10, 2016

Location:Fort Totten, ND
Description:FEMA addressed the Spirit Lake Tribe.

  • March 10, 2016

Location:Zia Pueblo, NM
Description:FEMA addressed the Ten Southern Pueblos Council Meeting.

  • March 11, 2016

Location:Basom, NY
Description:FEMA addressed the Tonawanda Band of Seneca and the Tuscarora Nation.

  • March 15, 2016

Location:Espanola, NM
Description:FEMA addressed the Eight Northern Pueblos Council Monthly Meeting.

  • March 15, 2016

Location:Elko, NV
Description:FEMA addressed the Elko Band, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone, Duck Water, Wells, Ely Shoshone, and Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission leadership.

  • March 15 – 16, 2016

Location:Cherokee, NC
Description:FEMA addressed the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

  • March 16, 2016

Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Description:FEMA addressed the Utah Tribal Leaders Meeting.

  • March 21, 2016

Location:Metlakatla, AK
Description:FEMA addressed the Metlakatla Indian Community.

  • March 21, 2016

Location:Webinar, Washington, DC
Description:FEMA addressed the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Choctaw Nation, and others.

  • March 22, 2016

Location:Elton, LA
Description:FEMA addressed the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.

  • March 22, 2016

Location:Webinar for Region VIII Tribes
Description:FEMA addressed the Standing Rock Tribe, Blackfeet Nation, Crow Nation, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and the Paiute Tribe.

  • March 23, 2016

Location:Pima, AZ
Description:FEMA addressed the Tohono O’odham Nation.

  • March 23, 2016

Location:Charenton, LA
Description:FEMA addressed the Chitimacha Tribe.

  • March 24, 2016

Location:Anchorage, AK
Description:FEMA addressed the Alaska Tribal Transportation Symposium.

  • March 25, 2016

Location:Webinar, Atlanta, GA

  • March 28, 2016

Location:Mashpee, MA
Description:FEMA addressed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Narragansett Indian Tribe.

  • March 29, 2016

Location:Espanola, NM
Description:FEMA addressed the Tesuque Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, and Ohkay Owingeh.

  • March 29, 2016

Location:Pierre, SD
Description:FEMA addressed the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation.

  • March 30, 2016

Location:Princeton, ME
Description:FEMA addressed the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, and Penobscot Indian Nation.

  • March 30, 2016

Location:Albuquerque, NM
Description:FEMA addressed the Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Zia, and the Pueblo of Jemez.

  • March 30, 2016

Location:Rapid City, SD
Description:FEMA addressed the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

  • March 30 – 31, 2016

Location:Tribal Emergency Operations Center (Region IV)
Description:FEMA addressed the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

  • March 31, 2016

Location:Pendleton, OR
Description:FEMA addressed the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

  • April 5, 2016

Location:Cass Lake, MN
Description:  FEMA addressed the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

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Last Updated: 
01/09/2017 - 09:13