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FEMA declares new strategy to engage Native American tribes

FEMA's request for cadaver pouches follows warnings at the White House of coronavirus death tolls surpassing 100,000.
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FEMA's request for cadaver pouches follows warnings at the White House of coronavirus death tolls surpassing 100,000.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a new strategy to better engage with hundreds of Native American tribes facing climate change-related disasters.

The agency announced plans Thursday to include the 574 federally recognized tribal nations in discussions about possible future dangers from climate change.

FEMA has earmarked $50 million in grants for tribes pursuing ways to ease burdens related to extreme weather.

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell says tribal communities across the country are facing increased threats as a direct result of climate change, from changing sea levels to more floods and wildfires.