Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 1-1-23-15 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

A RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION OFFICIALLY OPPOSING THE CREATION OF A NEW BY-PASS FROM I-90 TO THE INTERSECTION OF 79 AND 34

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (hereafter GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the federally recognized sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association is formed to promote the common interest of the Sovereign Tribes and Nations who are members of the GPTCA; and

 

WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself to ensure the well-being of sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region both through Treaties and federal statutes, including the Snyder Act of 1921 ad amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 as amended, and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA recognizes its responsibility to act to advance the goals of the Tribes and their members and to promote improvements to the health, safety welfare, education, economic development and preservation of the spiritual, cultural, and natural resources of its member Tribes and Nations; and

 

Whereas, Bear Butte is a sacred mountain, of religious, cultural and historic importance to Native Americans;

 

Whereas, quiet and natural and undeveloped viewshed surrounding the Mountain are part of the religious and cultural enjoyment of the mountain; and

 

Whereas, development and noise associated with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally currently infringes on the special values of the Mountain and Native American experience; and

 

Whereas, historical, cultural and spiritual properties may be disturbed by the construction of the by-pass; and

 

Whereas, residential development infringes on the special values of the Mountain and Native American experience; and

 

Whereas, commercial development infringes on the special values of the Mountain and Native American experience; and

 

Whereas, the State DOT is developing a proposal for a by-pass from I-90 to the intersection of Highway 79 and 34; and

 

Whereas, the proposed by-pass is a threat to the integrity of the sacred Mountain; and

 

Whereas, the approval of such by-pass will result in increased commercial and residential development and increased general and rally related travel and businesses near the mountain; and

 

Whereas, inadequate travel routes connect the Reservations of Cheyenne River and Standing Rock to the I-90 corridor; and

 

Whereas, a by-pass at Sturgis does little to address CRST and SRST transportation access to 1-90 corridor; and

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Be it resolved the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s association is opposed to the creation of a new by-pass from I-90 to the intersection of 79 and 34.

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, The GPTCA will adopt this Resolution and submit to the aforementioned.

 

Resolution No. 1-1-23-15

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Flandreau, South Dakota on January 23, 2015 at which a quorum was present, with 11 members voting in favor, 0 members not abstaining, and 5 members not present.

 

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