The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the members of the first-ever Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC). HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge is launching the committee to strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship between HUD and Tribal communities, coordinate policy across all HUD programs, and advise on the housing priorities of the American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. The function of TIAC is not to replace Tribal consultation, but rather serve as a tool to supplement it. The establishment of this first ever committee follows consistent engagement between HUD and Tribes across the county.
Announced during Native American Heritage Month and preceding the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit, the committee is born out of a 2021 Presidential memorandum that directed all federal agencies to take actions to strengthen their policies and practices on Tribal consultation. That same year, HUD Secretary Fudge announced her intention to establish the first HUD Tribal advisory committee.
Public comment was taken into consideration regarding both the structure of the committee and the nomination of its members. HUD’s goal in selecting the committee members was to reflect appropriate representation across the federally recognized tribes. Several HUD representatives will serve on the committee as well.
“With the creation of the first-ever Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, HUD continues to answer the President’s call to strengthen our relationships with our Tribal partners,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, “As we commemorate Native American Heritage Month, I’m proud to move forward alongside this new Committee with such esteemed members, who will help us to address the unique concerns of Indian Country.”
“During Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate the many contributions of American Indians and the influence they have had on our country,” said Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “I’m thrilled to work hand-in-hand with our new Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee in creating increased opportunities for Tribes and Tribal communities.”
“Our nation’s treaty and trust responsibilities are commitments we hold dear,” said HUD’s Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Dominique Jackson. “I look forward to working with this important Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee to reinforce this Country’s promise to our Tribal Nations throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.”