Tohono O’odham Nation Eats the Chip

Posted: November 5, 2009 in Border issues Real Id DHS, EDLS, Enhanced Drivers License, Native Americans


Tohono O’odham Nation is latest to move on enhanced ID card

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has struck a fourth agreement for enhanced tribal identification cards compliant with US travel laws with a Native American tribe, the department announced Tuesday.

DHS and the Tohono O’odham Nation, which has lands in Arizona and Mexico, agreed to standards for an enhanced tribal card to be carried by the roughly 28,000 registered members of the tribe. The identification card complies with the specifications of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which mandated strict requirements for travel documents for citizens of the United States, Canada and Bermuda–who may previously have not required a passport–on June 1.

“This agreement will strengthen safety along our borders while providing Tohono O’odham members a secure and standardized ID card,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement. “In the months ahead, we will continue to build upon these efforts-from secure identification to preparing for emergencies-with our tribal partners across the country.”

In 2009, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reached agreements with the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Pascua Yaqui of Arizona, and the Seneca Nation of New York. The agency is negotiating with about another 25 tribes in the United States to provide them with enhanced tribal cards as well. ::: MORE HERE:::

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