Welcome to the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project WW

Public health emergencies, including infectious disease and natural disasters, are issues that every community faces.To address these threats, it is critical for all jurisdictions to understand how law can be used to enhance public health preparedness, as well as improve coordination and collaboration across jurisdictions. As sovereign entities, Tribal governments have the authority to create their own laws and take the necessary steps to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Thus, legal preparedness for Tribal governments is crucial to public health response. There are 573 federally recognized Indian Tribes in the United States, each of which is a sovereign entity with authority to create laws. The Tribal Legal Preparedness Project (TLPP) has been established to assist Tribal Nations interested in expanding their legal preparedness capacity.


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