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WHCNAA Committee on Public Safety and Justice

Who We Serve

The White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Committee on Public Safety and Justice Committee will strive to ensure the safety and security Tribal communities throughout Indian Country and seek justice for all Native victims of crime.  

New Initiatives

Executive Order

Committee Members

Leads:

  • Bryan Newland

    U.S. Department of the Interior

    Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

  • Jason O'Neal

    Bureau of Indian Affairs - Office of Justice Services

    Director - Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • Ashley Robertson

    U.S. Department of Justice

    Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General

  • Tracy Toulou

    U.S. Department of Justice

    Director, Office of Tribal Justice

  • Libby Washburn

    White House - Domestic Policy Council

    Special Assistant to the President on Native American Affairs

 

Participants:

About the WHCNAA Committee on Public Safety and Justice

The unique political framework for Tribal Nations in the U.S. legal system can present particular public safety concerns for Tribal communities that require a wide-reaching and integrated approach centering on education and outreach to local non-Tribal police departments, personal and community wellness, and increased access to justice services for Native peoples.  

Co-led by the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the White House – Domestic Policy Council, the Committee will develop a comprehensive approach to solving public safety and justice issues that will focus on:  

  • Implementing the Not Invisible Act (P.L. 116-166) and Savanna’s Act (P.L. 116-165) to account for missing and murdered Indigenous people  

  • Ensuring the efficient coordination of federal resources and developing an inter-agency approach in light of the McGirt decision (Supreme Court Document)  

  • Increasing behavioral and mental health resources for rehabilitation and as an alternative to incarceration   

  • Overcoming the challenges of recruiting and retaining qualified and well-trained Tribal public safety officials  

  • Ensuring input from Tribal representatives inform the identification and treatment of issues such as violence against women and girls in Tribal communities, curbing recidivism, and strengthening tribal policing capacity 

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