Homeland Security-backed Native American tracking group could expand

By Vaughan Jones
Published: Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 4:28pm
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The Shadow Wolves unit, Homeland Security’s only Native American specialized tracking team, may get the opportunity to expand to other tribal nations near U.S. borders, pending the passing of legislation in Congress.

As part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement task forces in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Shadow Wolves aid investigations that lead to arrests and seizures of illegal drugs and guns.

Bills intended to strengthen and expand the Shadow Wolves’ authority were approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security in November.

If the bills move forward, they will allow Homeland Security to reclassify the Shadow Wolves to special agents and expand the program to other tribal jurisdictions.

The reclassification to special agents would mean current and future Shadow Wolves would go through a criminal investigator training program and special agent training.

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