Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs

Position

The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs position is located within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment.  The ASD (S) has overall responsibility for world-wide DoD environmental policy planning and development, oversight of policy implementation, and oversight of environmental compliance.  The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Environment).

Biography of DoD Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs: Alicia M. Sylvester pdf [88 KB]

Responsibilities to the Department of Defense

The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs is responsible for advising the DUSD(A&S) on matters concerning DoD's interactions with Native Americans including federally-recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations. Specific duties include administering the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP), the Native American Management System for Environmental Impacts (NAMSEI), several cultural communications training courses pertaining to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Hawaiian Organizations, and conducting Native American outreach activities on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs also serves as the Chairperson of the DoD Native American Integrated Product Team, consisting of representatives of DoD Components who meet regularly to coordinate policy and program issues relative to Native Americans.

Responsibilities to Tribal Leaders

The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs is the key point of contact for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians with concerns regarding potential DoD activities that may affect tribes. The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs coordinates DoD's response to tribal concerns on policy, pending actions, and other issues of mutual interest.

Recognizing Tribal Sovereignty and Cultural Traditions
Working to Fulfill Federal Trust Responsibilities
Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources
Consulting with Tribal Nations