Who Gets to Declare a Natural Disaster in Indian Country?

Apr 13, 2012

Native American Legislative Update - April 2012

On March 29, Senator Tester (MT) introduced a bill to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (S. 2283) to include procedures for requests from Indian tribes for a major disaster or emergency declaration. his legislation will mean that tribal leaders will not need to petition neighboring or surrounding states for a portion of their disaster funds when a tornado, flood, fire or other natural disaster devastates the area. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The measure is similar to Rep. Rahall's H.R. 1953 and provisions that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee included in legislation to reauthorize FEMA (H.R. 2903).

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