Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, April 9, 2012

Student to present paper on FEMA-tribal relations

Nate Inglis Steinfeld

Nate Inglis Steinfeld will present a paper that examines how federal law affects communication with tribes about disasters on Wednesday, April 11, at noon in the La Follette School conference room.

When disaster strikes a U.S.-recognized Indian tribe, federal law treats tribes as local governments and gives little weight to the historic relationships between federal and tribal governments, nor to the relationship between tribes and their land. Inglis Steinfeld's paper examines how the Stafford Act in action frames tribal communication after disasters and offers a change to definitions in the Stafford Act to improve information channels and promote respect for tribal sovereignty. Inglis Steinfeld is enrolled in the public affairs and law dual-degree program. He will present his paper at the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, in April.