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December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Chertoff Wants to Build Relationships With Tribes in Four Corners
(2008-07-07)
(ksut) - 07.07.08.MichaelChertoffDHS

HOST LEAD: Michael Chertoff is the United States Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Chertoff opened the lines of communication with Tribal leaders around the Four Corners in Ignacio today/yesterday.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: On Chertoff's visit to the four corners region, he spent time with tribal leaders discussing how to partner with tribes in hopes to strengthen the relationship with the Department of Homeland Security.
MICHAEL: WE WANT TO BUILD PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE TRIBES AS WE DO WITH THE STATES ON A WHOLE HOST OF ISSUES THAT RELATE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; PREVENTION, PREPARDENESS AND RESPONSE TO MAN MADE EVENTS AND TO NATURAL EVENTS AS WELL.
Clement Frost is the Chair of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Chair Frost was honored that the department of homeland security made the effort to reach out to tribes across the four corners.
CLEMENT FROST: I THINK IT'S REAL GOOD THAT HE WAS ABLE TO MAKE THIS TRIP BECAUSE IT GIVES US THAT OPPROTUNITY TO REALIZE THEY ARE RECOGNIZING INDIAN TRIBES ARE PART OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES.
Chertoff co-authored the US Patriot Act in 2001 and has been widely criticized for the departments' inaction following Hurricane Katrina.
From KSUT, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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