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Tribal Representatives – Training for emergencies

Indian reservations are areas of land managed by Native American tribes under the U. S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. There are 564 federally recognized tribes with a combined population of 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Maine is the only state in the nation to have a tribal representative seated in the legislature. Federal laws allow territories and the District of Columbia to seat Delegates in the Federal House of Representatives. However, they cannot vote on pending legislation.They can sit on committees and vote in committee and receive the same allowance and salary as other members of the House of Representatives.

Tribes possess tribal sovereignty. The laws on the reservations may differ from those of the surrounding areas. The tribal council has jurisdiction over the reservation so that it is important to form partnerships to build respect, provide a better understanding of their culture in order to work in concert to protect their property, land and people in times of disaster.

Training for Tribal Representatives

E580 Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments


  • Basic understanding of emergency management principles
  • Developing and implementing comprehensive emergency management system

Definitions of hazards

Training and exercises

Forming partnerships with public and private sectors

Sustaining and upgrading emergency management capabilities

E581 Emergency Management Operations for Tribal Governments

  • Develop organizational structures
  • Operational procedures
  • Resources for effective emergency management operations

Emphasis on standard operating procedures and procedures to test readiness


E344 Mitigation for Tribal Officials

  • Provides tribal representatives an understanding of FEMA’s mitigation programs
  • Tribal mitigation opportunities
  • Mitigation success
  • Mitigation planning requirements
  • National Flood Insurance Program
  • Mitigation grant programs

IS 650 Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments

  • Building effective partnerships

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