To support the request that the SD Governor issue an Executive Order that establishes the right of Tribes to enjoy the benefits Charter School Legislation as provided for under No Child Left Behind, Section 5201, where States with “Special Populations” or Communities with “Special Learning Needs” have the ability to address their unique learning needs.
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 signatory Tribes of this Joint Resolution are hereby requesting that the Governor of the South Dakota issue an Executive Order that establishes the right of Tribes to enjoy the benefits Charter School Legislation ·as provided for under No Child Left Behind, Section 5201, where States with "Special Populations" or Communities with "Special Learning Needs" have the ability to address their unique learning needs, and as ascribed by Tribes, and
WHEREAS, the Sioux Tribes of South Dakota do enjoy a Sovereign status as understood and provided for in the Constitution of the United States and the fundamental articles of nationhood as proclaimed by the United Nations, and
WHEREAS, the Sioux Tribes are established as the legal governing bodies for the affairs of the Tribes, and as such, the South Dakota Tribes are empowered to design and enact legal standing agreements with the sovereignty of the Federal and State governments, and
WHEREAS, the Tribes have the right and responsibility, since time immemorial to protect and enhance the well-being of their tribal members, and
WHEREAS, the signatory Tribes believe it is time to examine the course of an out-of-date schooling process that judges and labels the majority of Indian children as incompetents, and
WHEREAS, the signatory Tribes desire to explore and change this 19th Century existing learning paradigm by embracing new ideas and exciting strategies that will more appropriately meet the sacred abilities and talents that each Indian children is born into the world with, and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Eight Sioux Tribes of South Dakota, the four Tribes of North Dakota, and the four Tribes of Nebraska are formally passing this joint resolution to demonstrate support for Governor Dennis Daugaard to sign into law an Executive Order, which establishes a Commission made up of representatives from each Tribe that will develop Charter School legislation and/or Provisional Indian Charter School legislation, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission will work together with the State to create a South Dakota educational Charter law that permits schools operating on Indian reservation land the opportunity to explore and implement culturally relevant and engaging innovative schooling measures that meet the cultural, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of their American Indian students so as to achieve academic success.
Resolution No. 2-12-19-14
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on December 19, 2014 at which a quorum was present, with 9 members voting in favor, 0 members not abstaining, and 7 members not present.
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