Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association

THAT THE ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE OPPOSES THE CURRENT STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION OF THE TRIBAL INTERIOR BUDGET COMMISSION AND RECOMMENDS THE GPTCA REQUEST THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR REVISE AND AMEND THE TRIBAL INTERIOR BUDGET PROCESS TO REQUIRE DIRECT CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATION WITH EACH FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBAL NATION DURING THE BUDGET PROCESS

 

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, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is a federally recognized Indian Tribe organized pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and pertinent amendments thereof: and

 

WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is governed by a Tribal Council made up of elected representatives who act in accordance with the powers granted to it by its Constitution and By-laws; and

 

WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Constitution and By-laws Article IV Section 1. (a) authorizes the council of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to negotiate with the Federal, State, and local governments on behalf of the Tribe; and

 

WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is a member of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association which is composed of the elected Chair's and Presidents of federally recognized Indian nations within the Great Plains region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA is in the Tribal Interior Budget Commission, (“TIBC”) budget process that meets from time to time with Federal officials from the executive branch pursuant to discuss federal budget issues affecting Tribal Nations and to establish tribal nation budget priorities; and

 

WHEREAS, the protocol for the TIBC budget process provides that elected or appointed Tribal Officials appointed as delegates, two from each of the 12 BIA regions, represents the Tribes within each region; and

 

WHEREAS, representation on the TIBC Commission, is not proportionate to the number of Tribes in each region, and furthermore does not allow for fair representation each Tribe's budget priorities and/or different budget needs; and

 

WHEREAS, the TIBC process does not provide fair and equitable consideration and distribution of federal funding appropriations and allocations to the Treaty Tribes in the Great Plains region with established borders; and

 

WHEREAS, the TIBC process does not provide fair and equitable consideration and distribution of federal funding appropriations and allocations to direct service tribes of the Great Plains region; and

 

WHEREAS, the TBIC process does not provide fair and equitable consideration and distribution of federal funding appropriations and allocations to member tribes of the GPTCA which have established governmental infrastructure such as judicial systems, law enforcement systems and highway systems; and

 

WHEREAS, several of the GPTCA member tribal nations are some of the approximately one hundred tribal nations with full service governmental infrastructure; and

 

WHEREAS, the TIBC process only enhances and perpetuates the "Divide and Conquer" and "Command and Control" policies of the federal government and places the budgetary needs of the GPTCA membership in competition with hundreds of smaller tribal nations that do not have Treaties with the U.S. government, who do not have large land bases, who do not possess boundaries, who do not possess established governmental infrastructure such as court systems, law enforcement systems and/or highway systems and pits GPTCA tribal nation against GPTCA tribal nation to compete for Treaty dollars; and

 

WHEREAS, Executive Order 13175, signed by President William J. Clinton on November 6, 2000, provides by authority vested in the office of the President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of American, that the United States, in order to establish regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, to strengthen the United States government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes, and to reduce the imposition of unfunded mandates upon Indian tribes, provides for the United States to recognize the rights of the Indian Tribes to self-government and supports tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and that federal agencies shall respect Indian tribal self-government and sovereignty, honor tribal treaty and other rights, and strive to meet the responsibilities that arise from the unique legal relationship between the Federal government and Indian Tribal governments, and

 

WHEREAS, Executive Order 13175 was reaffirmed by the MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES, signed by President Barak Obama, November 5, 2009; and

 

WHEREAS, the organization and structure of the Tribal Interior Budget Commission process fails its mission to provide meaningful consultation and participation through government-to-government relations between the Tribes and the Department of Interior to develop budgets for the fulfillment of Tribe’s self-determination, self-governance, self-sufficiency, sovereignty, and Treaty rights, as well as failing to address sufficient levels of funding to address the

needs of Tribes and their Tribal citizens; and

 

WHERES, the TBIC process fails to uphold the federal Trust Responsibility byfailing to adequately appropriate sufficient Treaty dollars to allow tribal nations effectively meet the budgetary requirements to adequately and effectively provide a quality of life tribal member citizens deserve as a result of sacred tribal lands being sacrificed to ensure the seventh generation is provided for;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe opposes the current structure and organization of the Tribal Interior Budget Commission and recommends the GPTCA request the Interior Appropriations Committee and the Department of Interior revise and amend the Tribal Interior Budget process to require direct consultation and collaboration with each Federally recognized Tribal Nation during the budget process; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe recommends full consideration of all the variables in the funding process “We are NOT ALL THE SAME” Variables exist such as and among others; large land base, poverty according to the US Census, Full Service Tribes, Tribal Courts Systems, (only about 240 Tribal Courts Among all the 556 Nation-Wide- causing a discrepancy

in the process when Regions come together, and

 

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe or  authorized delegate of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is authorized and directed to seek the endorsement and support of any and all other organizations of Federally recognized Tribes, including the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, Coalition of Land Based Treaty Tribes, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Education Association to revise and amend the process of developing budgets within the Department of Interior to provide for meaningful and direct and meaningful government-to-government consultation with Tribal Nations as mandated by law;

 

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

 

Resolution No. 1-2-20-15

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on February 20, 2015, at which a quorum was present, with 8 members voting in favor, 0 members not abstaining, and 8 members not present.

 

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