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
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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