Tribal Responsibilities and Insular Areas

Tribal Emergency Response

As part of its trust responsibilities, the Department of the Interior, as delegated by the Secretary to the Bureau of Indian AffairsBureau of Indian Education, and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, provides emergency management support to Federally Recognized Tribal governments in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.  This work is closely coordinated with individual Tribes which are sovereign entities and is also closely coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other Federal and State partners, as outlined in the National Response Framework, the Emergency Support Function 15 Annex, and the Tribal Relations Support Annex

Insular Areas

The Department of the Interior has administrative responsibility for coordinating federal policy in the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the responsibility to administer and oversee U.S. federal assistance provided to the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.  Interior works closely with these governments and other Federal agencies in addressing preparedness and response requirements.  Additional information can be found at the Office of Insular Affairs website.



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