APHIS is cooperating with Native American agriculture and natural resources organizations to host regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Training. These workshops open a critical dialogue between APHIS and Tribal personnel about the Tribe’s emergency response concerns and ability to respond to animal or plant health emergencies. Tribal agricultural, natural resources, and emergency management personnel and leadership from related departments are encouraged to attend.
During training, participants will learn about:
After training, participants will be able to:
Contact APHIS’ Office of the National Tribal Liaison to find out about upcoming workshops:
Dr. Terry W. Clark, Director
Carl Etsitty, Assistant Director
APHIS and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission cohosted the first Tribal Emergency Preparedness and Response Training on Stillaguamish lands in Washington State in April 2022. The training covered federal incident emergency response and support functions, current plant pests and animal diseases threats and surveillance activities, funding opportunities, and other topics important to tribes.
APHIS hosted a Tribal Biologist Workshop for Disease Detection and Surveillance at the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Annual National Conference held at the Miccosukee Tribe, in Miami, Florida in May 2022. Participants learned how to test waterfowl for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), collect samples from deer to test for SARS-CoV-2, and collect material from feral swine to test for swine diseases.