Emergency Management in Indian Country: Improving FEMA's Federal-Tribal Relationship with Indian Tribes, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 8, 2017   [open pdf - 581KB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 8, 2017 hearing on "Emergency Management in Indian Country: Improving FEMA's Federal-Tribal Relationship with Indian Tribes" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the testimony of Alex Amparo: "FEMA is committed to our partnership and collaboration with federally recognized Indian tribes, and to providing support in their preparation for, protection against, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from all hazards and disasters. FEMA has a strong tradition of engagement with federally recognized Indian tribal governments (tribal governments). However, since the passage of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) in 2013, the agency has dedicated additional resources to ensuring that tribal governments are fully woven into the fabric of our mission. Today, I can tell you that FEMA recognizes the unique relationship between Indian Country and the Federal Government, and the unique conditions that affect Indian Country. We work sideby-side with our tribal partners on all aspects of our mission, and we continue to posture ourselves to better support our tribal partners at any time. To reinforce how we recognize these important relationships, I would like to specifically outline FEMA's approach as described in: 1) FEMA's Tribal Policy; 2) FEMA's Tribal Consultation Policy; and, 3) FEMA's Tribal Declaration Pilot Guidance." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Alex Amparo, Milo Booth, Russell Begaye, Michael Chavarria, and Cody Desautel.

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