Support the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policy to eliminate use
Of American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots and oppose dehumanizing and racist statement about American Indians.
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the 16 elected Chairs and Presidents or their duly appointed representatives of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations recognized by Treaties entered into 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 Indian Tribes of the Great Plains and their members in the states of ND, SD and NE; and
WHEREAS, the United States has recognized the sovereign status of Tribal Nations through the U.S. Constitution, treaties and by numerous federal statutes; and
WHEREAS, We reaffirm our previous actions and support the action of other entities such as the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Education Association To oppose the use of American Indians as school nicknames, logos and mascots; and
WHEREAS, We further support recent actions by the University of North Dakota (UND) University Senate, UND Student Senate, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota Senate Education Committee in calling for the elimination of the fighting Sioux nickname and logo at UND; and
WHEREAS, We further support the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policy that calls for the elimination of the use of American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots at colleges and universities; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, we conclude that the use of American Indians for school nicknames, logos and mascots at colleges and universities continues to be dehumanizing and disrespectful to American Indians and is a racist statement regardless if any state government may pass it as a state law and/or policy; and
NOW, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the GPTCA will submit this Resolution to our Congressional Delegations, Colleges and Universities and others to educate them; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution shall be the policy of The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association until otherwise amended or rescinded or until the goal of this Resolution has been accomplished.
Resolution No. 14-3-23-11
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on March 23, 2011 at which a quorum was present, with 11 members voting in favor, 0 members opposed, 0 members abstaining, and 5 members not present.
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