Cherokee Disaster Declaration
Updated: Friday, March 8 2013, 09:52 PM EST
History was made Friday morning when the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians signed a Presidential disaster declaration. It’s the first tribe to receive one after Hurricane Sandy changed the disaster aid application process.
Now, tribes can apply directly to the President through FEMA instead of going through the state first. Cherokee applied for federal help covering damage from January storms that caused flooding and landslides. Tribal leaders say the new process sets a precedent and will help other Native American tribes throughout the United States.
Cherokee’s Emergency Management Director Mollie Grant says the storms caused more than 4 million dollars in damage. FEMA will cover about seventy-five percent of that.
By Rex Hodge