Today, as part of the White House Tribal Nations Summit, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the appointment of 15 members to the first ever Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council, to advise on homeland security policies and practices that affect Indian Country, including emergency management, law enforcement, cybersecurity, domestic terrorism and targeted violence, and border security.
DHS Establishes First-Ever Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the establishment of the first-ever Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council and the opening of the nomination period for membership.
The Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council (THSAC) will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary, through engagement with DHS components, agencies, and offices, and by producing recommendations, studies, reports, and more. Given the critical importance of how DHS engages with tribes and Tribal Nations, the Council will be charged with collaborating on all matters of homeland security as they relate to Tribal nations.
This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tribal Consultation Policy outlines the guiding principles under which DHS is to engage with governments of Indian Tribes. The DHS Tribal Consultation Policy is intended to be continually updated and refined to reflect our ongoing engagement and collaboration with Tribal partners.
The Tribal Desk within the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) is the designated lead for tribal relations and consultation at the Department of Homeland Security. The Department continues to improve our nation-to-nations relationship by working and consulting with federally recognized tribal governments.