The CDP hosted its 4th Annual Tribal Nations Training Week, the largest annual tribal training event in the Department of Homeland Security, March 17-22.
Training during the week featured six courses, with scenarios tailored to the specific needs of the 214 responders representing 46 Tribal Nations and 45 Tribal agencies. Three of the courses culminated in an integrated capstone exercise, where students were confronted with multiple disasters creating a mass casualty event.
Training during the week also included presentations by and networking opportunities with a number of representatives from the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) and Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), as well as a number of evening lectures on topical issues such as active shooter response and cybersecurity that students could voluntarily attend.
The event kicked off Sunday with a lavish feast with a variety of traditional Native American dishes, followed by a formal opening ceremony in the CDP’s headquarters building. Alaina Clark, Deputy Assistant Secretary of DHS’ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, provided the keynote address.