FEMA Tribal Outreach and Consultation Period on FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy

FEMA initiated a 90-day outreach and consultation period from June 1 to August 29, 2017, to seek input from federally recognized Indian tribal governments on the update of the agency’s Tribal Consultation Policy. The FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy, first issued in 2014, acknowledges the agency’s nation-to-nation relationship with tribal governments. The policy also guides how FEMA engages tribal governments in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on policy and actions that have tribal implications.

 

This consultation period aims to update the policy to reflect current authorities and best practices, as well as follow FEMA’s new policy document format requirements. FEMA seeks input and feedback from tribal leaders, or their designees, during the consultation period to help inform the development of an updated policy. FEMA headquarters and regional offices will engage tribal officials through face-to-face meetings, conferences, conference calls, and webinars to seek input and answer questions on the current FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy.

 

Tribal officials can submit comments on the FEMA Tribal Consultation until August 29, 2017, through:

– E-mail to tribalconsultation@fema.dhs.gov, or

– Mail to ATTN: Margeau Valteau, Office of External Affairs, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW, MS 3193, Washington, DC 20472.

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