Tribal Nations

Several governors have already chosen to opt in. Opting in offers all public safety providers
within a state distinct advantages, including immediate access to priority on AT&T’s LTE
network and preemption by the end of the year. End-to-end encryption will be implemented
on the FirstNet network by March 2018 when the evolved packet core is fully functional.
Opting in also transfers all risks and responsibilities for building, maintaining and
upgrading the network from the states to FirstNet and begins AT&T’s investment in the
state. When New Mexico decided to opt in on August 1, Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr.
from the Navajo Nation, said: “It’s very encouraging to see New Mexico become the first
state in our region to adopt the FirstNet system, and I am thankful to Gov. Martinez for
opting into the program”.>

Once a governor has made the opt-in/opt-out decision, FirstNet will establish a nation-to-
nation relationship with federally recognized tribes that complements its National Historic
Preservation Act section 106 obligations but was previously constrained by its enabling
legislation. FirstNet’s Tribal Working Group, part of our Public Safety Advisory Committee,
contributed to drafting a Tribal Consultation Policy that has been reviewed by the FirstNet
Board and codifies FirstNet’s commitment to this relationship going forward.>

Check out the videos below to learn more from FirstNet and Indian Countries

Play: Megahertz on the Rez: Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Police Department

Play: Rural NY Tribal Fire Chief: Advanced Technologies = Enhanced Situational Awareness

Play: Grand Canyon Skywalk: Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley on "The Mobile Officer"

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