FEMA IS 650.B Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments

<span itemprop="name">FEMA IS 650.B Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments</span>

The study guide containing correct fema is 650 answers to building partnerships with tribal governments.

Course Date


Course Overview

IS-650.b, Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments, provides a basic understanding of tribal governments in the United States, the history of the relationship between the Federal Government and tribes, and general information about tribal governance and cultures that will influence emergency management practices so that effective working relationships can be formed and evolve.

This course has been updated to align with the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify some of the basic historical, cultural and governance attributes of tribal governments that influence effective working relationships.
  • Use the information in the course to begin building effective partnerships with tribal governments to help enhance tribal community resilience.
  • Work in concert with tribal governments to protect people and property against all types of hazards.

Throughout this course tribal representatives speak about their history, their culture, their way of life, and how to develop good relationships with tribal communities.

Several lessons are devoted to specific challenges that individuals may encounter in working with tribal governments to provide financial and technical assistance through disaster programs, particularly with regard to the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 which allowed federally recognized tribal governments the option to directly request emergency and major disaster declarations from FEMA and the President.

From IS 650.B Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments

FEMA IS 650 Example Questions & Answers

A Tribal Chief Elected Official:
Answer = Should be treated with similar protocol as a foreign head of state, the US President, or a State Governor.
B. Is equal in status to a municipal emergency manager.
C. Will be the first point of contact when trying to build a relationship with a tribal government.
D. Will be familiar with all of the federal disaster laws because of his responsibility within the tribe.

When discussing participation in the NFIP with a tribal government, it will be important to explain:
Answer =  the tribe will work with FEMA to determine which waterways or flood-prone areas will be studied when funding is available.
B. the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will be responsible for determining which waterways to study for mapping.
C. insurance for flood damage is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
D. the tribe’s mitigation plan will suffice for a floodplain ordinance for NFIP participation.

Which of the following could pose a challenge in building partnerships with tribes?
A. Tribal boundaries often are not clearly defined.
B. Most tribes have no organized form of government.
C. Tribes have no interest in Federal resources.
Answer = Tribes may mistrust Federal Government representatives.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) can support tribal participation in the Public Assistance program by:
A. Identifying BIA roads, facilities and possible sacred and cultural sites.
B. Providing BIA Superintendents to serve on Preliminary Damage Assessment teams.
C. Providing information about tribal culture that will exempt tribes from PDA inspections.
D. Identifying tribes that are not interested in participating in any Federal programs.

The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013:
A. Amended the Robert T. Stafford Act to provide the option for federally recognized tribes to request emergency and major disaster declarations directly from FEMA and the White House.
B. Amended the Robert T. Stafford Act to eliminate the ability of tribes to go through a state for a disaster declaration.
C. Amended the US Constitution to further strengthen the government to government relationship between tribes and FEMA.
D. Amended the Robert T. Stafford Act to waive all cost share requirements for federally recognized tribes seeking disaster assistance.

For greater success, housing inspectors should:
A. not wear any identifying FEMA clothing so as to reduce mistrust.
B. limit their interactions with homeowners so as to not disrupt the process.
C. be sure a representative from the state is with them at all times.
D. follow the protocol established with the tribe for permission to enter tribal lands.

When preparing to discuss Hazard Mitigation opportunities with a tribe, it’s safe to assume:
A. the tribe will be eager to join the National Flood Insurance Program.
B. the tribe will know if they want to be a recipient or sub-recipient for HMGP funding.
C. the state will pick up half of the cost-share for HMGP funding.
D. you should describe planning as avoiding damage rather than preparing for disasters.

When preparing for the Public Assistance Applicant’s briefing for a tribe,
A. be prepared to present more detailed information than a standard presentation for a state.
B. expect that the state will pick up the cost share for the tribes.
C. expect the tribal public works department to already have all the necessary data.
D. expect the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to conduct the briefing.

Even after the information about Individual Assistance programs has been distributed, the following factors could hinder registration EXCEPT for:
A. multiple families may reside in the same dwelling and not realize each family needs to file an application.
B. language barriers may prevent some from applying.
C. the state will have already gone door-to-door registering applicants.
D. some people may not trust the Federal Government and will not apply for assistance.

When a tribal community is impacted by an event it’s safe to assume:
A. The tribe will go to the State for assistance first.
B. The tribe may need assistance with the process to determine if they want to request FEMA assistance and a declaration request.
C. The tribe will not want any assistance from FEMA because they are sovereign nation.
D. The tribe will not be interested in any Public Assistance grants because they won’t need funding assistance.

When preparing to inspect tribal housing, it will be important to:
A. make sure the state has completed an initial inspection first.
B. discuss with the tribe if it’s better to have a tribal representative accompany the inspectors.
C. bring as many inspectors as possible to quickly cover the entire community.
D. let the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) conduct all housing inspections.

As a representative of FEMA going into a tribal community for the first time, you should:
A. expect that the state governor will have reached out to the tribal Chief Elected Official.
B. expect that this particular tribe will be different in their approach and viewpoints about federal assistance than the last tribe you visited.
C. request an emergency meeting with tribal council to discuss requirements for obtaining disaster assistance.
D. expect that this tribe will be just like the last one you met with because it’s in the same state.

Federal trust responsibility means:
A. A legally enforceable fiduciary obligation on the part of the United States to protect tribal treaty rights, lands, assets, and resources.
B. FEMA will have to go to the State before contacting tribal governments.
C. Tribes have no interest in Federal resources.
D. FEMA staff can assume that the tribe will welcome early and fast paced interaction because they trust the Agency.

One effective way to get the message about Individual Assistance to eligible tribal members is to:
A. Rely on informal networks in Indian communities.
B. Use conventional media outlets: regional newspapers, radio, and television.
C. Call every home in a particular region.
D. Set up a registration booth at a tribal social event (such as a powwow).

When explaining disaster assistance to a tribal government, it’s important to:
A. Explain that as a Federal employee, you cannot go beyond the authority granted by the Agency and the law.
B. Insist on meeting with the Chief Elected Official first.
C. Commit to making the impacted community better than before the disaster so they will be grateful for any assistance that can be given.
D. Promise the full amount of Individual Assistance eligible to every tribal member.

When preparing to explain Individual Assistance to tribal members, it’s important to remember:
A. all tribal housing is the responsibility of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
B. they will want to apply online or over the phone so as to avoid interacting in person.
C. some homes may be owned by an individual and some may be owned by the tribe.
D. all tribal housing is owned by Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Most tribal people prefer to be referred to by:
A. the term Indian.
B. their specific tribal name (e.g. Shoshone).
C. the term Native American.

This Period was the first time that tribal councils were formally recognized as having nation to nation status with the Federal Government.
A. Self-Determination Period.
B. Colonial Period.
C. Termination & Relocation Period.
D. Reorganization Period.

During this Period, Indigenous Americans were granted U.S. citizenship by Congress for the first time.
A. Colonial Period.
B. Reorganization Period.
C. Allotment & Attempted Assimilation Period.
D. Self-Determination Period.

In preparing to start the Public Assistance process, FEMA staff should:
A. inform the tribe that it will be more effective if the state sets the priorities.
B. prioritize Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) roads and bridges.
C. clarify State and other federal agency roles in addressing tribal damage to assure that tribes are considered in the process.
D. inform the tribe that there is no cost share for Public Assistance for tribal governments.

During the HMGP Applicant’s Briefing, FEMA staff should ensure the briefing:
A. is conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs who will have the best solutions to offer.
B. includes HMGP steps, timelines and aids such as a sample mitigation plan and project applications.
C. convinces the tribe to be as progressive as possible and welcome innovative solutions.
D. explains the tribe is exempt from all cost-share requirements of mitigation grants.


FEMA IS 318: Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities