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'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country
'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country (July 1, 2020)

The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again on Capitol Hill.


Yankton Sioux Tribe flooding and recovery
Yankton Sioux Tribe flooding and recovery (October 8, 2019)

A series of two flooding periods have occurred on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in eastern South Dakota in the last six months, leaving devastation and a need for assistance.


Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning'
Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning' (October 1, 2019)

'It’s like we live in a third world country and we are forgotten,' resident Lauren Crowe says. 'No one cares.'


Workshop fosters communication between tribal, state, and federal agencies
Workshop fosters communication between tribal, state, and federal agencies (September 5, 2019)

It’s a common theme often stated, but rarely executed: The need to work together and build agency-tribe relationships before there is an emergency.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Flooding causes damage across Oklahoma
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Flooding causes damage across Oklahoma (June 18, 2019)

Homes and buildings have been destroyed, roadways have been washed out, and many rivers and lakes have risen to record-breaking levels.


The Conversation: Tsilhqot'in Nation addresses climate disasters
The Conversation: Tsilhqot'in Nation addresses climate disasters (June 18, 2019)

Canadian constitutional law and Aboriginal law are not likely what comes to mind when identifying the cause of a wildfire disaster.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Severe weather highlights need for infrastructure
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Severe weather highlights need for infrastructure (May 30, 2019)

A strong, modern infrastructure system is critical, especially when disaster strikes.


Rep. Tom Cole: Be prepared to deal with severe weather this year
Rep. Tom Cole: Be prepared to deal with severe weather this year (May 30, 2019)

Tornadoes and massive flooding have already dealt devastating blows to many communities across Oklahoma.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation secures federal assistance for disaster
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation secures federal assistance for disaster (May 27, 2019)

A winter storm dumped up to two feet of snow on the Navajo Nation, making roads on much of the reservation impassable.


YES! Magazine: Oglala Sioux Tribe still dealing with devastating storms
YES! Magazine: Oglala Sioux Tribe still dealing with devastating storms (May 13, 2019)

It took riders 10 hours to reach remote families stranded in the aftermath of the 'bomb cyclone' that devastated the Pine Ridge Reservation.


One person reported dead as tornado strikes Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
One person reported dead as tornado strikes Caddo Mounds State Historic Site (April 15, 2019)

Authorities in Texas have shut down the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site after a tornado struck during a festival attended by citizens of the Caddo Nation.


'Be prepared to evacuate': Nez Perce Tribe declares emergency due to heavy flooding
'Be prepared to evacuate': Nez Perce Tribe declares emergency due to heavy flooding (April 9, 2019)

The Nez Perce Tribe is seeking volunteers and supplies due to heavy flooding on the reservation.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declares emergency amid unprecedented flooding
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declares emergency amid unprecedented flooding (March 27, 2019)

Two weeks into a disaster, tribal communities are still feeling the effects of heavy snowfall and historic flooding.


'We barely made it out': Tribal families hit hard by historic flooding
'We barely made it out': Tribal families hit hard by historic flooding (March 27, 2019)

Tribal communities in Nebraska and South Dakota continue to deal with the effects of unprecedented flooding.


Santee Sioux Tribe welcomes additional donations as flood relief efforts continue
Santee Sioux Tribe welcomes additional donations as flood relief efforts continue (March 22, 2019)

The Santee Sioux Tribe, hit hard by flooding, needs bottled water and baby supplies, Chairman Roger Trudell said as additional donations flowed to the reservation.


Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after winter storm slams the reservation
Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after winter storm slams the reservation (March 14, 2019)

A powerful winter storm has stranded many emergency and medical personnel on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing tribal leaders to order non-essential traffic off the roads.


Oglala Sioux Tribe denied federal assistance for major storm
Oglala Sioux Tribe denied federal assistance for major storm (September 27, 2018)

Summer storms that caused extensive damage on the Pine Ridge Reservation won't result in federal assistance.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares for impact of Hurricane Florence
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares for impact of Hurricane Florence (September 10, 2018)

Hurricane Florence is going to hit the Southeast and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians wants to be ready.


Summer storms bring extensive damage to Pine Ridge Reservation
Summer storms bring extensive damage to Pine Ridge Reservation (July 30, 2018)

Across the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, residents began cleaning up the debris left by two damaging storms over the weekend.


Havasupai Tribe declares disaster after flooding hits popular spot
Havasupai Tribe declares disaster after flooding hits popular spot (July 27, 2018)

The Havasupai Tribe will be seeking federal assistance after flooding caused significant damage on the reservation.


Omaha Tribe fires back after being accused of mismanaging federal disaster funds
Omaha Tribe fires back after being accused of mismanaging federal disaster funds (December 8, 2017)

The Omaha Tribe is firing back after being accused of failing to properly spend Federal Emergency Management Agency funds following disastrous flooding along the Missouri River in 2011.


Omaha Tribe 'mismanaged' nearly $14 million in funds after disastrous flooding
Omaha Tribe 'mismanaged' nearly $14 million in funds after disastrous flooding (December 6, 2017)

The Omaha Tribe has been cut off by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after an audit found major problems with its handling of disaster funds.


Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane
Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane (October 23, 2017)

A subsidiary of an Alaska Native corporation is back in business after its operations thousands of miles away in Puerto Rico were affected by Hurricane Maria.


Mark Trahant: Indigenous community in Dominica takes major hit from hurricane
Mark Trahant: Indigenous community in Dominica takes major hit from hurricane (September 21, 2017)

The Kalinago Territory in Dominica took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, with all communications wiped out during the storm.


Seminole Tribe secures emergency declaration in response to Hurricane Irma
Seminole Tribe secures emergency declaration in response to Hurricane Irma (September 19, 2017)

The Seminole Tribe is slowly getting back to normal after its communities were hit by Hurricane Irma.


Tribes face evacuation and floods as Harvey lingers in Texas and hits Louisiana
Tribes face evacuation and floods as Harvey lingers in Texas and hits Louisiana (August 29, 2017)

Tribes in Texas and Louisiana are dealing with the devastating effects of Harvey as President Donald Trump heads to the region to see the destruction.


Yurok Tribe seeks federal funds to recover from fisheries disaster
Yurok Tribe seeks federal funds to recover from fisheries disaster (May 5, 2017)

Salmon runs have been bad for the last two years and 2017 is shaping up to be the worst in the history of the Klamath River in California.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance (February 9, 2017)

Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing (February 7, 2017)

Lawmakers will hear from tribal leaders and federal officials about emergency management in Indian Country.


Bad River Band included in President Obama's disaster declaration
Bad River Band included in President Obama's disaster declaration (August 11, 2016)

The Wisconsin tribe was hit hard by storms and floods that have left dozens of families without homes.


Bad River Band hit hard by floods that forced families out of homes
Bad River Band hit hard by floods that forced families out of homes (August 9, 2016)

Dozens of families are awaiting work on permanent housing after storms battered the reservation in July.


Stillaguamish Tribe disputes liability claim for deadly mudslide in 2014
Stillaguamish Tribe disputes liability claim for deadly mudslide in 2014 (July 7, 2016)

The state claims the tribe waived its sovereign immunity and can be held liable for the Oso disaster.


DVIDS: Grand Ronde Tribes host local disaster training exercise
DVIDS: Grand Ronde Tribes host local disaster training exercise (July 1, 2016)

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde emergency management team, community members, and local agencies took their baby steps as they participated in the Cascadia Rising Exercise on June 8.


Omaha Tribe welcomes long overdue assistance for 2011 disaster
Omaha Tribe welcomes long overdue assistance for 2011 disaster (April 20, 2016)

Flooding along the Missouri River caused extensive damage on the Nebraska and Iowa sides of the reservation.


Jena Band of Choctaw Indians suffers from flooding in Louisiana
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians suffers from flooding in Louisiana (March 22, 2016)

The United South and Eastern Tribes are raising funds to help tribal families that have been forced from their homes after massive storms.


Lakota Country Times: FEMA homes finally arrive at Pine Ridge
Lakota Country Times: FEMA homes finally arrive at Pine Ridge (December 29, 2015)

As part of the recovery efforts from the severe storms and flooding that struck the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing housing assistance to residents.


Colville Tribes to seek assistance from FEMA after major fires
Colville Tribes to seek assistance from FEMA after major fires (October 29, 2015)

Two fires destroyed more than 500 square miles of the reservation in Washington.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Disaster assistance welcome at Pine Ridge
Ivan Star Comes Out: Disaster assistance welcome at Pine Ridge (October 19, 2015)

I and the wife were visiting relatives in Minnesota during the May storm that flooded parts of the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Lakota Country Times: FEMA trailers headed to Oglala Sioux Tribe
Lakota Country Times: FEMA trailers headed to Oglala Sioux Tribe (October 12, 2015)

Residents who lost their homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will see some housing assistance.


Disaster declaration covers Catawba Nation in South Carolina
Disaster declaration covers Catawba Nation in South Carolina (October 6, 2015)

President Barack Obama issued two declarations for the state, including one that covers the reservation.


Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe works on disaster relief
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe works on disaster relief (August 21, 2015)

During May many homes were damaged by spring storms and flooding took out a number of roads on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Menominee Nation declares emergency due to flooding conditions
Menominee Nation declares emergency due to flooding conditions (December 16, 2014)

Rising water levels in the Wolf River have led to flooding on the reservation.


Disaster declared after Moapa Paiute Reservation hit by flooding
Disaster declared after Moapa Paiute Reservation hit by flooding (September 11, 2014)

Nearly 200 people were evacuated from their homes as the storm hit but there were no reports of injuries.


Witness List: SCIA hearing on natural disasters in Indian Country
Witness List: SCIA hearing on natural disasters in Indian Country (July 29, 2014)

In 2013, Congress enacted a law that allows tribes to request disaster declarations directly from FEMA.


Crow Tribe signs agreement with American Red Cross of Montana
Crow Tribe signs agreement with American Red Cross of Montana (July 3, 2014)

The memorandum of understanding is first of its kind in the state.


Quapaw Tribe sees tornado damage to homes and businesses
Quapaw Tribe sees tornado damage to homes and businesses (April 29, 2014)

Members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma took shelter as a dangerous tornado touched ground on Sunday.


KPLU:  Stillaguamish Tribe monitors fish after deadly mudslide
KPLU: Stillaguamish Tribe monitors fish after deadly mudslide (April 11, 2014)

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington is monitoring fish runs to determine whether there are any impacts from a deadly mudslide.


Washington tribes donate another $325K for mudslide relief effort
Washington tribes donate another $325K for mudslide relief effort (March 31, 2014)

Two tribes donated an additional $325,000 for mudslide relief efforts in Washington.


Washington tribes donate $255K in aftermath of deadly mudslide
Washington tribes donate $255K in aftermath of deadly mudslide (March 26, 2014)

Tribes in Washington have donated $255,000 to help families affected by a mudslide that has claimed at least 24 lives.


Cachil Dehe Band contributes $50K to Red Cross for disaster aid
Cachil Dehe Band contributes $50K to Red Cross for disaster aid (December 4, 2013)

The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians, also known as the Colusa Indian Community, donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross.


Native Sun News: Big blizzard bashes Pine Ridge Reservation
Native Sun News: Big blizzard bashes Pine Ridge Reservation (October 11, 2013)

Heavy rains, winds, lightning, and eventually snow were the gifts that winter storm Atlas, brought to residents of Wyoming and South Dakota.


Santa Clara Pueblo loses out on emergency aid for shutdown
Santa Clara Pueblo loses out on emergency aid for shutdown (October 10, 2013)

The shutdown of the federal government means no emergency assistance funds for Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico.


Omaha Tribe seeks assistance after tornado hits reservation
Omaha Tribe seeks assistance after tornado hits reservation (October 10, 2013)

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska declared a state of emergency after a tornado hit the reservation.


Chippewa Cree Tribe declares disaster due to major flooding
Chippewa Cree Tribe declares disaster due to major flooding (June 5, 2013)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana issues a disaster declaration after widespread flooding.


MPR: FEMA consulting tribes about disaster declaration process
MPR: FEMA consulting tribes about disaster declaration process (April 12, 2013)

Minnesota Public Radio reports on changes in federal law that allow tribes to request disaster declarations directly from the federal government: Tribal governments can now directly request a disaster declaration...


Oglala Sioux Tribe working to assist residents after major storm
Oglala Sioux Tribe working to assist residents after major storm (April 11, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is starting to dig out from a major storm that has crippled parts of South Dakota. The tribe's first priority is helping members...


Craig Fugate: Consulting tribes on disaster declaration process
Craig Fugate: Consulting tribes on disaster declaration process (April 9, 2013)

Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on tribal consultation: When you're tackling a new and challenging topic, starting from a solid foundation is crucial to success....


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe signs agreement with Red Cross
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe signs agreement with Red Cross (March 28, 2013)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is signing an agreement with the American Red Cross today. The memorandum of understanding will address how the entities will work together to address future...


Eastern Cherokees estimate damage from winter storm at $3M
Eastern Cherokees estimate damage from winter storm at $3M (March 14, 2013)

Severe winter rainstorms caused an estimated $3 million damage to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Four days of storms in January caused damage throughout the reservation....


FEMA to consult tribes about   new   disaster declaration process
FEMA to consult tribes about new disaster declaration process (March 11, 2013)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is consulting tribes about a disaster declaration process that will recognize their sovereignty. In January, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that allows...