Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 20-09-27-07 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

To Support Legislation Establishing  “Native American Heritage Day” on the Friday After Thanksgiving In Honor of the Achievements and Contributions of Native Americans to the United States

 

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 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, Indian Tribes are governments that pre-date the United States, and through the Indian Commerce, Treaty and Apportionment Clauses and the 14th Amendment, the United States recognizes the status of Indian Tribes as sovereigns and the status of American Indians as tribal citizens;

 

WHEREAS, Native American tribal governments developed the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States Government; and

 

WHEREAS, The Founding Fathers came to the Six Nations Confederacy in New York to learn about their unique system of democratic confederacy, which divided powers among the branches of government and provided a checks and balances.

 

WHEREAS, Native Americans have made distinct and important contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many fields, including agriculture, medicine, music, language, and art, and they have distinguished themselves as inventors, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, and scholars; and

 

WHEREAS, Native Americans deserve to be recognized for their individual contributions to the United States as local and national leaders, artists, athletes, and scholars; and

 

WHEREAS, nationwide recognition of the contributions of Native Americans to the United States will encourage self-esteem, pride, and self-awareness in Native Americans about the significant role their ancestors and heritage have played in the formation of the freest country in the world, the United States; and

 

WHEREAS, per capita, Native Americans have a higher rate of service in the United States military than any other group and have served with valor in all of the Nation's wars from the Revolutionary War through Operation Iraqi Freedom; and

 

WHEREAS, The establishment of “Native American Heritage Day” will allow Americans of all backgrounds to demonstrate their respect of and admiration for Native Americans for the richness of their contributions to the political, cultural, and economic life of the United States; and

 

WHEREAS, the establishment of “Native American Heritage Day” will further demonstrate a strong united government-to-government relationship between each of the Native American Nations and the Federal Government; and

 

WHEREAS, the establishment of “Native American Heritage Day” will encourage public elementary and secondary schools in the United States to enhance understanding of Native Americans by providing classroom instruction focusing on their achievements and contributions to the United States; and

 

WHEREAS, currently the Federal Government recognizes November as Native American Heritage Month;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association hereby support the S. 1852 and H.R. 3585 legislation by the United States Congress establishing the Friday after Thanksgiving as “Native American Heritage Day.”

 

Resolution No. 20-09-27-07

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Watertown, SD on Sept. 27, 2007 at which a quorum was present, with 8__members voting in favor, 0    members opposed, _0_ members abstaining, and  _8_members not present.

 

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