RE: SUPPORTING TRENTON INDIAN SERVICE AREA OF NORTH DAKOTA IN THEIR REQUEST TO APPROACH CONGRESS TO EXTEND FEDERAL RECOGNITION SO LONG AS THE TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA DOES NOT OBJECT.
WHEREAS, the Great Plains (formerly Aberdeen Area) Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations recognized by Treaties with the United States that are within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association was formed to promote the common interests of the Sovereign Tribes and Nations and their members of the Great Plains Region; and
WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself both through Treaties entered into with the Sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region and through its own federal statutes, the Snyder Act of 1921 as amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 as amended; and
WHEREAS, The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association is duly authorized as an association of tribal governments organized within their traditional homelands within the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, members of the GPTCA act in consensus to determine and advance informed policy consistent with the purposes of this organization; and
WHEREAS, Trenton Indian Service Area, Trenton, N.D. has been a recognized Indian community for well over 100 years and are enrolled members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and
WHEREAS, Language in Article VI of the Act of 1904, said ALL members unable to secure allotments upon the reservation ceded may do so on vacant land belonging to the U.S. Government and shall continue to share in all tribal funds, annuities and property the same as if located on the reservation, and
WHEREAS, No funds, annuities, property has been equally distributed per date of the Act of 1904, and
WHEREAS, The late Governor Moses of the State of North Dakota in his report said he was horrified at the deplorable conditions the Indians in Trenton lived, and
WHEREAS, the Williston Herald more recently 40 years later referred to Trenton as the Ghetto in Williston’s back yard, and where the Process 183 is not available to them, and
WHEREAS, 103 years have passed and Trenton Indian Service Area continues to lack appropriate recognition by Congress to secure their own socio - economic self determination as allowed by law completely as other fully Congressionally recognized tribes, and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the undersigned tribes of The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association at a July 9-10, 2007 meeting of said organization hereby supports the request of the Trenton Indian Service Area to approach Congress to fully extend Federal recognition to the Trenton Indian Service Area as a distinct Band of Chippewa domicile within Trenton Township, Williams County, North Dakota, so long as the Turtle Mountain Band OF Chippewa Indians does not object.
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Ft. Pierre, SD on July 10, 2007, at which a quorum was present, with 10 Members voting in favor, 0 members opposed, 1 Member abstaining and 5 members absent.
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