Window Rock, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation Council’s Government Services Committee (GSC) is considering the formation of a National Security Council – an entity that would have broad authority in the event of a national crisis.
Delegate Ervin Keeswood (Hogback), GSC chairperson, said the committee realized the urgency of creating such an entity after the terrorism-related events in New York City and Washington, D.C. last week.
“The committee asked the various tribal programs and directors to provide their plans in the event of a military-type disaster. We asked them to prioritize areas in their Division that are necessary to protect government programs and provide essential services to the Navajo public,” Keeswood said.
“When the committee met on Thursday, we realized that Navajo Nation programs do not have strategic crisis plans in place other than the Department of Emergency Management’s Plan of Operation, which speaks to natural disasters,” he said.
“The Security Council would have authority to work with the National Guard, veterans, volunteers to establish command stations on the Navajo Nation,” he also said. The committee agreed to meet on Sept. 27 & 28 to begin putting plans into place to address areas of major concern in the event of another wave of terrorism directly impacts the Navajo Nation.