Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 2-9-5-14 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

Endorsement of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and Their Tribally-Owned Telephone Companies and Condemnation of Certain Long Distance Carriers Refusing To Accept Their Obligations on Tribal Lands

 

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 in to with the United States that are within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of India n Affairs; and

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association was formed to promote the common interests of the Great Plains sovereign  Indian Tribes and their members in the states of North  Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska; 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, 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 India n Tribes, and

 

WHEREAS, there are many challenges facing the Tribes in the United States of America, among them protection of Indian Sovereignty, Policies, Programs, meaningful Consultation and advancement of economic development for all Tribal Nations; and

 

 

WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") "has a long standing policy of promoting tribal self-sufficiency and economic development as embodied in various federal statutes" and has specifically recognized it "has the federal government has a federal trust relationship with Indian Tribes, and this historic trust relationship requires the federal government to adhere to certain fiduciary standards in its dealings with India n Tribes." FCC Tribal Consultation Policy Statement, FCC 00-207, June 23, 2000, and

 

WHEREAS, the FCC has established specific programs to support economic development on Tribal Lands, including facilitating the establishment of tribally owned telephone companies to allow Tribes to better serve their tribal members, and

 

WHEREAS, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe have established tribally owned telephone and broadband companies on their reservations consistent with all applicable requirements, including FCC rules governing Intercarrier compensation, and are providing much needed voice    and broadband services on their reservations, which has spurred business, economic, and social development, including, but not limited to, making available to tribal members affordable access to broadband, Internet, education and training, and

 

WHEREAS, certain  long distance carriers, such as AT&T  and  Sprint, are refusing to accept their legal  obligations  on Tribal Lands and are pursuing a path of obstructionism  by, among other tactics, challenging  the jurisdiction  of Tribes and their tribal utility commissions over their operations, opposing tribal initiatives, and seeking recourse in  non-tribal forums, such as the FCC, state commissions, and state and  federal courts, and

 

WHEREAS,AT&T Corp. has filed an Informal Complaint at the FCC against the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in an attempt to avoid tribal jurisdiction over services that originate or terminate on the Crow Creek and Pine Ridge reservations, and

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association recognizes the importance of initiatives by Tribes to spur economic development on tribal lands and specifically the initiatives of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe to establish tribally owned telephone companies to serve the communications and information needs of tribal members and residents of these reservations, and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association hereby supports the Tribal Sovereignty of all Tribes in strongly opposing the actions of certain Jong distance carriers challenging the jurisdiction of Tribes and their tribal utility commissions over their operations, opposing tribal initiatives, and seeking recourse in non-tribal forums, such as the FCC, state commissions, and state and federal courts, and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association will support all Tribes ensuring their Treaties and Sovereignty remain intact as our Treaties intended; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association condemns companies not meeting their legal obligations of Tribal Lands and stands united with the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in their disputes with long distance carriers.

 

Resolution NO. 2-9-5-14

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Bismarck, North Dakota on September 5, 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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