Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 2-6-12-15 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

The GPTCA REQUESTS CONTINUED FUNDING FROM THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS FOR ON-GOING COMMUNICATION AND CONSULTATION WITH THE FUNDING TO GO THROUGH THE FLANDREAU SANTEE SIOUX TRIBE.

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains (formerly Aberdeen Area) Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is

                  composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the 16 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 which comprises the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska; and

 

WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself through Treaties entered into with the Sovereign

                  Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region and through its own federal statutes,

                  Laws, the Constitution, international law and well-articulated policies; the United

                  States has pledged to protect Indian Tribes; guarantee the right of Tribal self-

                  government, protection and safety, and to promote the viability of Indian

                  reservations and lands as  permanent homelands for Indian Tribes, and

 

WHEREAS,  one of the most important documents, which articulates certain of the

                    United States’ obligations to the Sioux Tribes of the Great Plains Region,

                    is the Act of February 28, 1877(19 STAT. 254) which provides that in

                    consideration for certain confiscated territory and hunting rights the U.S.

                    would insure the Sioux Bands:

          (1) “all aid” necessary “for civilization” (Article 5);

          (2) that the Congress shall “by appropriate legislation secure to

                them an orderly government” (Article 8);

          (3) that each [Sioux] individual shall be protected in his rights of

                Person property and life” (Article 8); and

          (4) that the Sioux Band may select  “suitable men from each band to co-operate

                with” the United States “in maintaining order and peace on the reservation” and

                that these individuals “shall receive such compensation for their services as

                Congress may

                provide” (Article 9);”

 

WHEREAS, the non-Sioux Bands of the Great Plains region have similar provisions in

                   their Treaties and Congressional statutes; and

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association was formed to provide a

                   forum to allow the Tribal leaders of North Dakota, South Dakota and

                   Nebraska to work together on common issues of concern to all of the

                   Indian people of the Great Plains; and

 

WHEREAS, this joint tribal effort is beneficial to the United States because it allows

                   federal officials and federal agencies to understand the positions of the

                   Great Plains Tribes and to work with them as a collective to arrive at

                   mutually beneficial and workable solutions to the problems that they are

                   both charged with addressing; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2008, the Assistant Secretary realized the importance of funding the

                   GPTCA, and

 

WHEREAS, because the Tribes who are members of the Great Plains Tribal

                   Chairman’s’ Association are among the poorest in the United States, they

                   lack the funds to continue to support these important efforts, of the Great

                   Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, thus, they need to call upon the

                   Bureau of Indian Affairs to assist them financially in continuing these

                   important efforts.

 

THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the GPTCA respectfully requests a minimum of

                   $200,000 from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to fund the FY Oct. 1, 2015-

                   2016 operating costs of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.

                   The funds will be used to provide on-going communication and

                   consultation between Great Plains Tribes and the Great Plains Regional

                   Office & DOI, Central Office, meeting costs, to copy and distribute

                   information, to continue the efforts to set up a web-site, to pay

                   the costs of its Executive Office and staff, office space, overhead and to

                   provide resources for the Tribes of the GPTCA and the Regional Office.

 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, this funding be directed through

                   A Modification of the 638 Contract of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

                   where the elected Chairman of the Tribe is also the elected Treasurer of

                   the GPTCA. Previous Contractual Arrangements have been made with

                   United Tribes Technical College, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the

                   Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall be the official position of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association unless it subsequently shall be withdrawn or amended.

 

Resolution No. 2-6-12-15

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held Fort Randall Casino on June 12th 2015  at which a quorum was present, with _9_ members voting in favor, 0  members opposed,  0  members not abstaining, and __7_  members not present.

 

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