When Catastrophe Strikes: Responses to Natural Disasters in Indian Country, Oversight Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 30, 2014   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the July 30, 2014, hearing on "When Catastrophe Strikes: Responses to Natural Disasters in Indian Country," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the opening statement of Elizabeth Zimmerman: "FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] has a historical commitment to enhancing government-to-government relations with tribal nations. The first FEMA Tribal Policy was created in 1998 and revised in 2010. FEMA further revised and reissued the policy in late 2013 for an additional three years. This policy forges a commitment to strong and lasting partnerships by outlining the guiding principles of engagement and collaboration between FEMA and federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments. FEMA follows guidance outlined in the President's November 5, 2009 Memorandum on Tribal Consultation. This Memorandum reaffirms Executive Order (E.O.) 13175, directing agencies to engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, and to strengthen the government to- government relationship between the United States and Tribal Nations. FEMA is drafting, in coordination and consultation with Tribal Nations, a Tribal Consultation Policy, which will supplement the DHS Tribal Consultation Policy. FEMA received valuable input and comments that are being adjudicated into the final Tribal Consultation Policy, which will be used as a framework for future consultation between FEMA and Tribal Nations." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: J. Michael Chavarria, Ronda Metcalf, Matt Gregory, Mary David, Elizabeth Zimmerman and Jake Heflin.

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S. Hrg. 113-522; Senate Hearing 113-522; Serial No. 113-522
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