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 nation to nation 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 updated the FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy, which guides how FEMA engages tribal governments with regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on actions that have tribal implications. The policy was updated to reflect current authorities, best practices, the recommendations from the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report titled "Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects (GAO-19-22)", and tribal input. This updated policy supercedes the FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy dated August 12, 2014 and all previous guidance on the subject.
- The National Mitigation Planning Program recently released the Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook (Tribal Handbook). The Tribal Handbook is a tool for Tribal governments to use as they develop and implement their hazard mitigation plans. For more information see News and Events: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-planning.