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RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VIII will be host to a tribal emergency management conference here.

The Sept. 26-28 conference, Honoring our Partnerships, a vision for emergency management in Indian Country, will be an historic moment in U.S. - tribal relations.

"We expect to attract tribal chairs, emergency managers, and other tribal leaders from all 28 tribes in our region, as well as our state emergency management partners," said Rick Weiland, director of FEMA for Region VIII.

"Through this conference, we hope to improve emergency management capabilities on reservations, to learn from successful tribal emergency management practices, and to solidify government-to-government relationships between tribal leaders and FEMA region VIII."

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The conference will deal with building relationships between the federal agency and tribal governments, management skills training a look at disasters on tribal lands and other topics.

FEMA Region VIII includes Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

More information on the conference can be found at http://www.fema.gov/reg-viii/tribal/conf.htm.