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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 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

  • 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:
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking input from tribal governments, officials and other interested partners during the tribal consultation period for the update of the FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy. The FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy (signed in August 2014) guides how FEMA engages tribal governments in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on policy and actions that have tribal implications. Comments must be submitted no later than August 29, 2017. Please visit the Tribal Consultation Policy Update Page  for more information.
Last Updated: 
05/22/2019 - 13:07