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Colville Confederated Tribes

Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Coeur D'Alene Tribe

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Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Cowlitz Indian Tribe

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Hoh Indian Tribe

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Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Lower Elwha Klallam

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Lummi Nation

muckleshoot tribe
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Nez Perce Tribe

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Nisqually Indian Tribe

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Nooksack Indian Tribe

Quinault Tribe
Quinault Indian Nation

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Quileute Nation

Samish Indian Nation

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Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

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Scammon Bay Native Village, Alaska

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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Siletz Tribes
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Spokane Tribe
Spokane Tribe of Indians

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Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

swinomish tribe
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tulalip Tribes

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Upper Skagit Tribe

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Village Council of Mekoryuk, Alaska


Regional Update from HHS Region X Director
Johnson  Region X-AK, ID, OR and WA October 2012

Regional Update from HHS Region X Director Susan Johnson  Region X - AK, ID, OR and WA  May 2012

Info on H1N1 Influenza A "Swine Flu"

Public Health in Indian Country is consistently overlooked but is a key component in building Resiliency against Public Health Threats. NWTEMC works with agencies and organizations to better help Tribes build Resiliency and develop Public Health programs.

Tribal communities in the Northwest have been most vulnerable to pandemics. The explanation below which help illustrate this point.

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American Indian & Alaska Native (AI/AN) Populations

WA Dept. of Health



Pandemics among Native American peoples of the Northwest

To better understand the urgent need for better public health and pandemic planning in Indian Country here in the Northwest , one need look no further than in the very recent past.

Beginning with the arrival of Old World explorers and traders  in the 1770s, numerous pandemics of measles, smallpox, malaria and tuberculosis spread rapidly throughout the Indian communities. With no natural immunity and a culture based on communal living and close family ties, the diseases rapidly decimated whole villages and Tribal Nations, not only wiping out populations, but entire histories and cultures that are now forever lost.

It is believed that from the time of first contact with Spanish traders to the times of the Treaties in the 1850s-60s,  80% of the Native population was lost to pandemic diseases.  This does not include subsequent epidemics and pandemics that disproportionally affected Native Americans in the 20th century.

Without adequate Public Health planning and resources in Indian country, it is quite possible for these diseases as well as newer potential pandemics (such as avian flu) to come roaring right back.

smallpox in NW 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - This is flooding season and along with floods, comes mold. Read this important message on how to protect yourself from mold: PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOLD

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP)



 Hot Topics in Preparedness

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council: Building Systems Through Partnerships


Tuesday, May 20, 2008; 12:00-1:00pm (Pacific)


This online, interactive session  provided an introduction to the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC), emphasizing the need and importance of emergency management in tribal nations. The presenters  highlighted the partnerships that they have developed with tribes, states, and other entities, the Web site that they maintain for the purpose of sharing information, and the recent planning, response and recovery activities of the tribes as they pertain to the past several disaster declarations in the State of Washington.


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Coping with Disasters and Strengthening Systems: A Framework for Child Welfare Agencies



Provided by Jenny Holladay, Government Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Administration for Children & Families U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

This plan provides a wealth of information on how to plan for an emergency.  It is a big document – a couple of particular things to reference are the checklists on page 28-29, 36-37, and 42.