Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association

The purpose of this Resolution is to ensure that our concerns about climate change are heeded; that our Reservation Communities, Cultural Traditions, Homelands and Natural Resources are protected to the greatest extent possible from climate change; and that Tribes play a vital role in solving the problems presented by climate change; and that these solutions will provide for the protection of the natural world and wildlife, preservation of Tribal cultures and traditional values, and Tribal economic development.


WHEREAS, the Great Plains 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 members of the Great Plains Region; 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, the sovereign Tribes and Nation of the GPTCA traditionally has placed the highest regard on the wise and sustainable use of the natural resources and remains a matter of paramount governmental interest to the Tribal Nations as a fundamental exercise of Tribal sovereignty; and


WHEREAS, The GPTCA supports preserving and protecting the natural resources on our Reservation Homelands especially the air, water and land as these resources are the foundation of life; and


WHEREAS, the sovereign Tribes and Nations of the GPTCA traditionally have lived in harmony with all living things and have honored our natural resources, using them wisely and sustainably; and


WHEREAS, the Reservation Homelands of the sovereign Tribes of the GPTCA and of all sovereign Tribes across the nation provide important habitat for hundreds of native North American species, including over 525 species of plants and animals recognized by the U.S. government and Tribes as requiring special protection; and


WHEREAS, there is increasing pressure on Tribes to develop their natural, mineral, and energy resources because of chronic lack of economic opportunity and declining federal support for Tribes; and


WHEREAS, some of these development proposals potentially threaten the preservation our environment; and


WHEREAS, the GPTCA believes that climate change is a human rights and environmental justice issue and there is a reasonable expectation that climate change will damage Tribal economies, cultural traditions, natural resources, wildlife, native vegetation and human health; and


WHEREAS, The GPTCA affirms that Sovereign Tribes are important partners for the United States that can provide key wisdom regarding climate change and its impact on our natural world; and


WHEREAS, the Tribes can help alleviate the impacts of climate change and promote economic development and poverty alleviation by supporting and implementing mitigation measures on their lands such as energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy development (wind, solar, biomass, geothermal), and carbon sequestration; and


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the GPTCA supports Tribal efforts to develop

clean, renewable energy sources that are compatible with natural resource and wildlife preservation; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPTCA encourages financial support and other resources for Tribes on energy/renewable energy development, climate change mitigation and other possible effects of climate change; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPTCA supports Tribal organizations, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Inter-tribal organizations and other partners that offer responsible solutions to climate change that integrate economic development, natural resource sustainability, and cultural preservation; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPTCA supports assistance for Tribes to restore and

protect Tribal lands to ensure safe havens for wildlife impacted by climate change; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPTCA supports strengthening alliances with Tribes, intertribal organizations, and other partners to increase awareness of climate change, generate action to reduce the impacts of climate change, and ensure cultural preservation and environmental justice; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPTCA supports and encourages the formation of a National Coalition of Sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations organized to promote And foster Tribal interests in regard to climate change; and



NOW, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the GPTCA affirms the Trust Responsibility of the U.S. Congress, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, and other appropriate federal agencies to support Tribal efforts with funding and other resources to deal with climate change, mitigate climate change impacts to Tribal communities, and support Tribal efforts to implement climate change solutions in order to lessen its impacts to Tribal communities, Tribal Lands, and Tribal Cultural Traditions.


RESOLUTION NO 27-09-27-07




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



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