“DoD is committed to fostering and maintaining an ongoing partnership with Tribes, one of the many ways the Department fulfills its obligations under the Federal trust responsibility that the United States government has with its domestic sovereign tribal nations."
A. Joseph (Joe) Sarcinella V, Esq.
Senior Advisor and Liaison for
Native American Affairs
The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs position is located within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisitions, Technology & Logistics), the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) (DUSD) (I&E), and the Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Directorate. The DUSD (I&E) has overall responsibility for world-wide DoD environmental policy planning and development, oversight of policy implementation, and oversight of environmental compliance.
Contact Information: A. Joseph Sarcinella V, Esq. Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Secretary of Defense ODUSD (Installations and Environment) Suite 16G14; Box 56 AT&L, Installations and Environment (I&E) 4800 Mark Center Drive Alexandria, VA 22350-3605 Phone: (571) 372-6890
The Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs is responsible for advising the DUSD(I&E) 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.
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.