A Consortium of Northwest Tribes
Charter and other Incorporation Documents:
NWTEMC Conflict of Interest Policy (adopted Feb. 2009)
Tribal Resolutions joining NWTEMC (incl. other misc. Resolutions submitted)
The eight tribes of Washington State Homeland Security Region 1 formed the NW Tribal Emergency Management Council to address homeland security and emergency management issues each tribe faces.
The Region I Homeland Security Tribes of Washington were at a severe disadvantage to address Emergency Management and Homeland Security Mandates and Initiatives due to lack of funded personnel to perform these functions. In addition to the lack of personnel to address the practical application of the needed scope of work, the Tribes were at a disadvantage to apply for grants for this very same reason. With the implementation of NIMS, the established implementation dates of many other related emergency management functions and the severe consequences that have been implemented for failure to comply; the Tribes continue to move toward creating a permanent solution. The creation of the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council is the first step toward addressing the many critical issues that face Washington State Tribes today.
A solution was proposed to form a pilot project, the consortium of Tribes of Region 1.
A formal Charter has been developed for the group. This document details the commitment of each Tribe to take the next step by establishing the designated representatives for the project by resolution. The Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC) has begun instituting the basic operational parameters for Homeland Security requirements and functional analysis while moving the project forward.
The NWTEMC now addresses the needs for administrative and operational support, as well as oversight requirements for implementation of mutual technical projects. The NWTEMC also addresses associated administrative issues such as any Resolutions, Ordinances, Memorandum of Understandings, etc, as well as the establishment of a management infrastructure.
The governance infrastructure includes basic rules under which the Council operates, including Robertâ€™s Revised Rules of Order. The Council has formed and operates through the establishment of a majority rule, one-agency one-vote participatory process that applies equally regardless of an agency's size or jurisdiction. This structure ensures that all voices are equally heard and all concerns are addressed.
The development of the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council not only better prepares Tribal entities for emergency incidents, but will also provide more opportunities for the Tribes to work collaboratively to assist one another in meeting the mandates of related emergency management programs and foster partnerships with their neighboring counties and municipalities. The Department of Homeland Security’s guidance identifies tribal entities as key stakeholders in partnerships with state, local and private sectors.