Project Purpose

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana is working with JEO Consulting Group to develop a Multi-Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). HMPs are a community-driven document that evaluates local risk and vulnerabilities to a broad range of natural and human-caused hazards and identifies projects to reduce or mitigate this vulnerability. Natural hazards include flooding, drought, or wildfire, while human-caused hazards include hazardous chemical spills or dam failure.

Participating in an HMP provides several benefits for local jurisdictions, such as: identifying specific high-risk areas, evaluating strategies to reduce local community risk to both people and property, building relationships locally to increase resiliency, and gaining eligibility for FEMA mitigation grant programs and disaster assistance funding.

Tribal residents, community members, and local stakeholders are invited and encouraged to participate throughout this planning process. Additional information for this plan update will be provided here as the plan progresses.

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Public Engagement

The HMP planning process will include several opportunities for participants and interested stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide valuable input. Resources such as meeting schedules and outreach materials will be shared here. 

For specific questions or concerns about the plan update, please reach out to Angel Becker with NCT at a.beckerncdes@gmail.com or Brooke Seachord, JEO Project Coordinator at bseachord@jeo.com.

Kick-off Meeting

A project kick-off meeting was held with Tribal officials on December 16 in Lame Deer. The purpose of the kick-off meeting was to establish key information that will guide the rest of the planning process. As part of the kick-off meeting tribal planning team members: held an introduction to Hazard Mitigation Planning and the planning process; established HMP goals; discussed roles and responsibilities of plan participants; discussed public engagement outreach strategies; and identified specific hazards to be included in the plan. A copy of the meeting minutes with a full description of information discussed as well as a recording of the kick-off meeting are available below. 

Kick-off Meeting Minutes

Kick-off Meeting Presentation

Kick-off Meeting Recording

Round 1 Meetings

The first round of meetings for the plan update were held in January and February 2022. These meetings focused specifically on the hazard events which have occurred across the reservation, their impacts or damages, and the ways in which residents have been impacted. Round 1 meetings were held at the following times:

Meeting Information: Thursday, January 27 at 2:00pm MT  and Meeting Option 2: Thursday, February 3 at 2:00pm MT 

Round 1 Meeting Presentation

Round 2 Meetings

The second round of meetings held for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe HMP occurred on Thursday April 21st, 2022. This meeting was developed as a time to specifically discuss strategic actions, projects, or strategies to address local vulnerabilities. This meeting was held at the following location: Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at 1:00pm MT at Chief Little Wolf Capitol Building - Council Chambers (600 Cheyenne Ave S.)

Round 2 Meeting Presentation

Round 2 Meeting Recording

Public Survey

To aid in the identification of local risks or vulnerabilities and to better understand concerns by the general public within the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, a public survey has been developed to capture that input. All members of the tribe and tribal public are encouraged to take the following survey: 

Take Public Survey Here

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2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan - Public Review Period

The draft 2022 Northern Cheyenne Tribe's Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for a Public Review Period. This period will run from Wednesday, May 11, 2022 to Friday, July 1st, 2022.  This is the last opportunity to review the plan and submit to JEO any requested changes or corrections, prior to its submission to FEMA. If no changes are received by Friday, July 1, 2022 JEO will assume that each jurisdiction has reviewed this section and approves of it as written.

The current HMP draft is available for review below. To submit revisions or request other changes, please email Brooke Seachord, JEO Project Coordinator, at bseachord@jeo.com.

DRAFT - Northern Cheyenne Tribe Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Public Comment Form

The Hazard Mitigation Plan and its planning process is open to the public. All members of the public, which include both tribal and non-tribal members who live on the reservation as well as tribal members who live off reservation, are encouraged to review plan materials and provide comments. 

For any specific concerns, questions, information, or to join the stakeholder mailing list, please use the webform provided below. All received comments will be incorporated into the draft HMP until the point where it is submitted to FEMA for final review and approval (anticipated June 2022). 

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