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Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council (THSAC)

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, including but not limited to:

  • Implementation of Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments and the President’s January 26, 2021 Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships;
  • Implementation of Executive Order 14053, Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People;
  • Implementation of Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government;
  • Implementation of Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations and Executive Order 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis;
  • Implementation and execution of the DHS’s Tribal Consultation Policy; and
  • The responsibility to uphold the Federal Government’s and the Department’s trust and treaty responsibility to Tribal Nations.
  • September 7, 2022 Press Release: DHS Establishes First-Ever Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council

DHS is currently collecting nominations for inaugural members to the Council. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on October 10, 2022.

In order for DHS to fully leverage broad-ranging experience and education, the THSAC shall be diverse with regard to leadership, profession, and technical expertise. DHS is committed to pursuing opportunities, consistent with applicable law, to compose a council that reflects the diversity of Tribal Nations.

This diversity will extend through specific roles within a Tribe or tribal organization such as Tribal Leaders, emergency managers, tribal law enforcement, tribal leader designees, and the like as well as geographic location. Since every tribe is unique as a sovereign nation, we will do our best to have a Council reflective of the wide expanse of Indian country.

Members of the THSAC shall be appointed based on their qualifications to serve as representatives of a Tribal Nation or tribal organization. Such qualifications to be considered are listed below:

  • Educational background (e.g., Native American studies, homeland security, Indian Law, or public policy);
  • Leadership, experience, and accomplishments (e.g., tribal elected officials, tribal association appointment, tribal coordination efforts); and
  • Employment and membership in associations (e.g., tribal government employee, tribal programs volunteer, active in tribal associations or groups).

When submitting nominations, please do not provide any sensitive personal information. Nominations should be submitted via e-mail or via first class mail, with the required information in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment. Nominations must include the following:

  • The nominee’s name, contact information (i.e., e-mail and phone number), location, and Tribal Nation, Alaska Native Corporation, or tribal organization affiliation;
  • A summary resume that describes the individual’s qualifications and experience with respect to the subject matter areas listed above (not to exceed five pages); and
  • A statement acknowledging that support from the Tribal Nation or tribal organization will be required if selected. (Support meaning the Tribal Nation or tribal organization agrees with the individual’s participation.)

Do not include sensitive personal information, such as dates of birth, home addresses, Social Security numbers, etc. Note too, that Nominees will be vetted for national security considerations.

Please submit nominations no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on October 10, 2022 via first class mail to Colleen Silva, Office of Partnership and Engagement, MS 0385, Department of Homeland Security, 2707 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE, WASHINGTON, DC 20528-0385 or e-mailed to TribalHSAC@hq.dhs.gov.

Pursuant to section 871(a) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 U.S.C. § 45 l(a), the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) hereby establishes the THSAC for the purposes set forth herein. In recognition of the special relationship between Tribal Nations and the Federal Government, and the sensitive nature of the subject matter involved, the Secretary hereby exempts the THSAC from Public Law 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 

Last Updated: 09/07/2022
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