Valley Center, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2011
Join Tribal and Community Leaders in Government Business, and Philanthropy from Southern California for an exclusive VIP Cocktail Reception, an indigenously inspired gourmet 4-course plated dinner, silent and live auction items and entertainment from Tribal performers to safeguard and educate Southern California's Tribal Community.
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When a disaster occurs on tribal lands, there are several immediate and necessary courses of action the Local Assistance Center (LAC) can take to proactively begin the process for long term recovery. First and foremost, as a Sovereign Nation, the affected Indian Tribal government can contact the State of California Office of the Governor and Declare a Disaster on Tribal Lands. The Governor should then accept this declaration and contact Department of Homeland Security Office of Federal Emergency Management Agency to request a nationally‐declared disaster. The notification to the State Governor is a courtesy; tribes can directly contact DHS to declare a disaster as a right of sovereignty. Federal and state agencies are mandated by law to operate on a government‐to‐government basis with Indian tribes. Thus, signing the FEMA‐Tribal Agreement to begin the process of disaster assessment and recovery will be the most important document for the LAC to process in the days and weeks following the disaster declaration.
Most of the Tribal governments in San Diego County are governed by a Tribal Council that consists of a Spokesperson or Chairperson authorized by the Tribe’s General Membership to conduct business and negotiate contracts on behalf of the Tribe. The individuals on “Council” will be the key resources to assist in selecting the personnel to manage the LAC. At a minimum, Tribes should select three individuals to set up the LAC, with one individual assigned as the LAC Director. The Tribal LAC will need to create two separate branches for long term recovery: government/community (Public Assistance or PA) and individual assistance (which involves case management). This distinction will be critical in the helping to process requests for funding and develop projects to rebuild infrastructure.
THE MISSION of the Inter-Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation is to strengthen and enhance the coordination of area-wide disaster recovery efforts on tribal lands located in Southern California affected by wildfires and other disasters by working with tribal, federal, state, and local government agencies to:
1) Share disaster relief information,
2) Simplify access to disaster relief services, and
3) Provide mutual assistance to tribal communities that have experienced natural disasters.
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