For Immediate Release
September 20, 2022
Media Contact: Jason Salsman
This action designates the Muscogee Nation to serve as the recipient for FEMA public assistance, allowing local communities to submit as sub-applicants through the tribal government.
OKMULGEE, Okla. – President Joe Biden today signed FEMA-4670-DR, a disaster declaration, naming the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as the designated recipient for public assistance due to the severe weather event May 2-8, 2022 in Oklahoma.
This declaration marks a historic moment, as the Muscogee (Creek) Nation will be the first tribal government to serve as the recipient that local communities will submit through for FEMA Public Assistance funds.
“We always talk about being good neighbors and of how all Oklahomans benefit from tribal sovereignty when we work together. This declaration is an example of the fine work by MCN Emergency Management in doing just that,” Principal Chief David Hill said. “We are grateful to the President for the confidence he has in our ability and are proud to be able to use these funds to offer support to all communities within the Reservation.”
MCN, through Principal Chief David Hill, submitted for this declaration on August 11, 2022 seeking federal assistance for damages brought on by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in early May.
“This declaration is only possible through the relationships built between MCN Emergency Management, FEMA Region VI, and with our local community Emergency Managers,” MCN Director of Emergency Management Bobby Howard said. “This will allow the Nation and local communities to repair and improve critical infrastructure across the Reservation.”
Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal leadership will meet with FEMA’s technical experts and local county commissioners and emergency personnel, to implement and move forward with a plan of execution for the funding.