Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Response and Recovery Assistant Administrator for Recovery Alex Amparo addresses ways in which FEMA is improving relationships with federally recognized Indian tribes.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge El Paso Waldemar Rodriguez addresses the efforts of ICE to protect cultural and religious items, property, art and antiquities, and mitigate their illicit trafficking both into and out of the United States.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Notices of Funding Opportunity for nine DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on implementation of an all-of-nation, whole-community approach to the building, sustainment, and delivery of those core capabilities essential to achieving a secure and resilient nation.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Response and Recovery Deputy Associate Administrator Elizabeth Zimmerman addresses FEMA’s partnerships with federally recognized tribal governments, and how FEMA is implementing new authorities to work directly with tribal governments as part of the “Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013” (SRIA).
In my December blog, I expressed the Obama Administration’s support for amending the Stafford Act to allow federally recognized tribal governments to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or major disaster declaration. Under current law, only States, through the Governor, can make such requests.
The Tribal Desk within the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) is the designated lead for tribal relations and consultation at the Department of Homeland Security. The Department continues to improve our nation-to-nations relationship by working and consulting with federally recognized tribal governments.