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FEMA is seeking input from tribal governments, officials and other interested stakeholders during consultation on their update of the FEMA Tribal Policy. The policy guides how the Agency implements a framework for nation-to-nation relations with federally recognized tribal governments. Through this framework, FEMA recognizes tribal sovereignty, self-governance, and our trust responsibility consistent with applicable authorities.
This updated policy will supersede the current FEMA Tribal Policy, issued in 2013, which expires on Dec. 30, 2016. This consultation period will facilitate tribal leaders’ or their designees' feedback during the policy update process.
FEMA will engage officials through face-to-face meetings, national and regional association conferences, conference calls, and webinars to seek input on questions highlighted in the FEMA Tribal Policy: Key Concepts PDF document.
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.
Tribal officials’ suggestions and comments will inform further development and refinement of FEMA’s Tribal Policy.
Tribal officials can submit comments on the FEMA Tribal Policy until October 28, 2016, either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
ATTN: Margeau Valteau, Office of External Affairs (OEA),
500 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20472-3605
For more information on FEMA’s tribal outreach efforts around the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide, visit: http://www.fema.gov/fema-tribal-affairs .