Emergency Communications Case Study: Tribal Communications Partnerships - The Missing Piece In The Emergency Communications Landscape [open pdf - 364KB]
"With 566 Federally-recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives, tribal nations represent a unique and important sector of the emergency communications landscape in the United States. In an effort to assess the comprehensive nationwide interoperability for emergency communications, the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) has spent the last year coordinating with tribal nations and their neighboring counties and States to share knowledge, create plans and build partnerships that will strengthen the Nation's homeland security and emergency management system as a whole. As part of this, OEC's Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) has been leading a data collection effort to document and gain a better understanding of the emergency communications capabilities of tribal communities across the country. The data provided by tribes has helped OEC develop technical assistance offerings focused on strengthening tribal communications and relationships between the tribe and the State. This Case Study will provide an overview of how OEC's communications assessment and workshop facilitated partnerships between the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and its Federal, State and local public safety community to support interoperability across the Southeast Massachusetts region. One of the tribal nations that participated in OEC's data collection survey was the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. The tribe consists of more than 2,600 enrolled members and is located primarily in Cape Cod, MA. The Wampanoags are most well-known in U.S. history for their role in the first Thanksgiving, for which they are accredited with befriending the Pilgrims of Plymouth. Hundreds of years later, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal members still live in and around Cape Cod Bay and maintain good relations with their neighbors in Barnstable County."
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