IN US, SWINOMISH TRIBE BEGINS ISSUING OWN TRIBAL CARD “PASSPORT”

Relevant for KYC and CDD?  On 14th February, US Customs and Border Protection in a news release reported that the Swinomish (native American) tribe began issuing Enhanced Tribal Cards (ETC) on 6th February.  ETC serve the mutual interests of CBP and the tribe by expediting and facilitating cross-border trade and travel for members of the tribe, as well as providing a tribally issued secure travel document to eligible tribal members.  Since 2008, federally recognised tribes to work with CBP to produce an ETC, denoting citizenship and identity that is acceptable for entry into the US through a port of entry.  Modelled on passport and enhanced driver licences, ETC have machine-readable facilitative technologies, contain security features to prevent counterfeiting, and allow data-sharing between tribes and CBP for real-time validation.  The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho was the first tribe to sign a memorandum of agreement with CBP in March 2009.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/through-agreement-cbp-swinomish-tribe-begins-issuing-tribal-card#

For more background on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), under which ETC are issued, and details the various types of documents that can be used at land, sea or air entry and exit points.

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/western-hemisphere-travel-initiative

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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