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Tribal Emergency Management: Issues of Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole.

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1 Tribal Emergency Management: Issues of Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole

2 Tribal Nations Sovereignty – The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which any independent state is governed. Blacks Law Dictionary, 4 th Ed.

3 Emergency Management Federal  State  Local  Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended, and Related Authorities FEMA 592, June 2007

4 Tribal Emergency Management Federal  ? State  ? Local

5 Hypotheses Expect that the greater the number of governance areas that a tribal nation has taken over for their nation the more capabilities and capacities the nation will have to conduct emergency management functions within their nation. Cultural beliefs will influence the extent to which a tribal nation will carry out emergency management functions. Standing treaties will influence a tribal nation’s ability to cooperate with state on emergency management issues including the flow of grant monies and disaster relief.

6 Hypotheses State laws and governing structures will influence tribal nations’ ability to participate in the emergency management function. Federal institutional prejudices, laws, governing structures will influence a tribal nation’s ability to fully participate in emergency management functions.

7 Study Design An analytical narrative to explore tribal emergency management and the variables that influence a tribal nation’s ability to effectively prepare for and recover from disasters. Comparing two tribal nations.

8 Expected Outcomes Continuum of capabilities moving from immature government structures towards mature government structures.

9 Questions

10 Let us put our heads together and see what kind of life we can make for our children. Sitting Bull

11 Thank you... Jodi Van Horne PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 1800 Tysons Boulevard McLean, VA


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