GPTCA RECOGNIZES THE GREAT SIOUX NATION HE SAPA REPARATIONS ALLIANCE AND SUPPORTS THE INCLUSION OF ALL SIOUX TRIBES (BANDS) OF THE GREAT SIOUX NATION IN THE REPARATION OF THE BLACK HILLS CLAIMS, DOCKET 74-A AND 74-B.
WHEREAS, the Great Plains (formerly Aberdeen Area) Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the 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 member of the Great Plains
WHEREAS, the United States has through treaties and agreements with the tribes (bands) Great Sioux Nation and under federal common law created a fiduciary relationship between
the Federal Government and the tribes (bands), and
WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself to fulfill its trust responsibility to the tribes (bands) of the Great Sioux Nation through federal statutes, including but not limited to the Act of February 28, 1877 (19 Stat. 254), the Snyder Act of 1921 codified at 25 U.S.C. § 13, et seq., as amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 codified as 25 U.S.C. § 450, et seq., as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 codified at 25 U.S.C. § 1601, et seq., as amended; and other federal enactments and various appropriation acts, and
WHEREAS, the Sovereign Tribes and Nations of the GPTCA place high priority to hold the United States Government accountable for its violations of the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty (15 Sta. 254), and to accept President Obama’s invitation to the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation, where he stated in May, 2008, during his campaign, that:
Barack Obama is a strong believer in tribal sovereignty. He does not believe courts or
federal government should force Sioux Tribes to take settlement money for the Black
Hills. He believes that tribes are best suited to decide how to handle the monetary
award themselves. “Obama would not be opposed to bringing together all the different
parties through government-to-government negotiations to explore innovative solutions to
this long-standing issue.” [Emphasis Supplied], and
WHEREAS, the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation are in the process of developing a “Plan of Action – Position Paper” to hold the United States Government accountable for its violations of the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty, and to accept President Obama’s invitation to bring the
Sioux tribes together to find the creative solutions to resolve the Sioux land claims, and
WHEREAS, that all the tribe’s of the Great Sioux Nation meeting at Lower Brule Sioux Reservation on September 14 and 15, 2009, the Plan of Action was presented and approved by the Tribal Delegates and people attending the meeting in the form of Resolution No. 09-15-09 – Resolution of the Great Sioux Nation He Sapa; and
WHEREAS, the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation Tribes and the He Sapa Reparation Alliance
(created at the Green Grass meeting at the Looking Horse residence) have mobilized and are in the process of compiling data and developing video, Power Point and hard copy presentations for presentation to the Obama-Biden Administration, and for educating the public and local Indian people on treaties and the land claims; and
WHEREAS, The Reparations Alliance has been working hard to gather historical data, records, maps, statistics on water, cultural resources, minerals, water and natural resources that will be incorporated into our presentation, and used when negotiating pertinent issues with the Obama-Biden Administration, i.e., reparation for the past land and natural resources claims, reparation on money damages, etc., and
WHEREAS, The central theme of the He Sapa Reparation Alliance is that the invitation of the
Obama-Biden Administration to negotiate a reparation of the Sioux land claims presents a small window of opportunity to obtain a more fair and honorable reparation of the Sioux land claims, and all the tribes (bands) of the Sioux Nation and the various Treaty councils must unite to make the reparation a reality, and
WHEREAS, The He Sapa Reparations Alliance has advocated that all the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation (including the non-Docket 74-B tribes (bands) have an interest in the Sacred Black Hills and therefore should be involved in the settlement negotiations, and that any land transferred back to the Sioux Nation must be placed in the names of all the tribes (bands), to-wit: the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Ft. Thompson, Ft. Peck Sioux, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, the Prairie Island Sioux Community, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Upper Sioux Community, and the Lower Sioux Community, and
WHEREAS, In addition to the GPTCA meeting at the Prairie Knights Casino/Hotel in June, 2008, there have been five He Sapa Reparations Alliance meetings at Green Grass, Lower Brule, Flandreau/Santee, Yankton, and Rosebud, and as a result thereof, the He Sapa Meetings have been gathering much momentum with each successive meeting as the Treaty Representatives and the Tribal Governments work together in unison to present a position paper on the Black Hills and other pressing topics, to the Obama administration in the near future, and
WHEREAS, The Great Sioux Nation He Sapa Reparations Alliance for the GPTCA needs to be
sanctioned by all the tribes of the GPTCA to continue in their role of organizing the effort to negotiate with the Obama-Biden Administration, including but not limited to fund raising, holding educational meetings at the Sioux reservations, and communities, and establishing the protocol for meetings with the Obama-Biden Administration, and
WHEREAS, the initial members of the He Sapa Reparations Alliance (which is an Ad Hoc working group) shall consist of, but not limited to: Mario Gonzalez, Esq., Loretta Cook, A. Gay Kingman, Cyndi Weddell, Everett Iron Eyes, Sr., Courtney Two Lance, Marvin Youpee, Harold Salway, Stacey Tiger LaCompte, and other persons sanctioned by the Tribal Councils and/or GPTCA, and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association hereby formally authorizes and recognizes the Great Sioux Nation He Sapa Repatriations Alliance as the entity responsible for coordination of all He Sapa (Black Hills) activities and issues stated aforesaid.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the GPTCA hereby supports including all the tribes
(bands) of the Great Sioux Nation in the reparation of the Black Hills Claim known as Indian Claims Commission Docket 74-A and 74-B or Court of Claims Docket 148-78 as aforesaid.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the GPTCA hereby supports the initial members of the Reparation teams to be the Tribal Presidents/Chairpersons of each of the respective Tribes (bands) of the Great Sioux Nation and one representative of a traditional treaty council from each tribe, and that this support will be subject to the approval of the government bodies of each of the respective tribes (bands) of the Great Sioux Nation.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an advisory committee be created to support the Reparation team, and that the other tribes (bands) of the GPTCA, Winnebago Tribes, Omaha Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, shall be allowed to appoint a member to participate in the negotiations as advisors, along with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and such other persons with the consent of the tribes that the tribes are willing to serve as advisors.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the He Sapa Reparations Alliance shall keep the GPTCA and the respective tribal councils of the member tribes informed through monthly reports on all activities on all progress and finances of the effort, i.e., money raised to set up the reparations, for the costs of the reparations themselves, and to push final Reparation bill through Congress, and all related purposes.
Resolution No. 26-04-27-10
This resolution was enacted at a duly called Quarterly meeting of the Great Plains Tribal
Chairman’s Association held at Prairie Winds, Pine Ridge, SD on April 27, 2010, in which official action was taken with a vote of 8 Tribal Chairman voting in favor and 0 voting against.
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