U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that at his urging, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold two of its tribal listening sessions in Montana as part of the process of updating its tribal consultation policy.
In a letter to FEMA head Robert Fenton on April 11, Daines noted that Montana tribal leaders and homeland security directors have expressed a strong desire to provide their input on the FEMA consultation policy and requested that the agency hold a listening session in Montana to ensure their voices are heard.
FEMA is scheduled to meet with the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council on Tuesday, August 8 and with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council on Thursday, August 10.
“I’m glad to hear FEMA will listen to Montana tribes in updating its consultation policy,” Daines stated. “Montana tribes’ input is critical to ensure that we have policies in place that work for tribes and weren’t just made in a conference room in Washington, D.C.”