A RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION OFFICIALLY SUPPORTING THE HONORABLE UNITED STATES SENATORS JERRY MORAN, HONORABLE UNITED STATES SENATOR JOHN THUNE AND SOUTH DAKOTA’S HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE KRISTI NOEM’S BILLS AND RESPECTFULLY REQUEST HONORABLE UNITED STATES SENATOR MIKE ROUNDS FROM SOUTH DAKOTA TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS.
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (hereafter GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the federally recognized sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association is formed to promote the common interest of the Sovereign Tribes and Nations who are members of the GPTCA; and
WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself to ensure the well-being of sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region both through Treaties and federal statutes, including the Snyder Act of 1921 ad amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 as amended, and
WHEREAS, the GPTCA recognizes its responsibility to act to advance the goals of the Tribes and their members and to promote improvements to the health, safety welfare, education, economic development and preservation of the spiritual, cultural, and natural resources of its member Tribes and Nations; and
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe organized pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and pertinent amendments thereof; and
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is governed by a tribal council made up of elected representatives who act in accordance with the powers granted to it by its Constitution and By-Laws; and
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council is authorized to promulgate and enforce ordinances for the maintenance of law and order, and to safeguard the peace and morals, and general welfare of the tribe, and to adopt resolutions regulating the procedure of the council itself and of other tribal agencies and tribal officials, pursuant to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Constitution and By-Laws, Article IV, Section 1, (k), (m) and (t); and
WHEREAS, in 1935 Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to ensure fair labor practices and exempted federal, state and local governments’; and
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as well as other Tribes throughout the United States recognized they as a Sovereign were also excluded and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) respected their stance until 2000 when the NLRB reversed its stance and attacked the Tribes sovereignty and treated tribes as a business instead of Sovereign Nations; and
WHEREAS, the Honorable United States Senator Jerry Moran from the State of Kansas introduced the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, S. 1477, a bill that amends the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to provide that any enterprises or institutions owned and operated by an Indian tribe and located on its lands is not subject to the NLRA; and
WHEREAS, this bill is co-sponsored by our Honorable United States Senator John Thune from the State of South Dakota and our Honorable Representative Kristi Noem from the State of South Dakota introduced an identical bill H.R. 2335 in the United States House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, these bills 1477 and H.R. 2335 recognizes the Sovereignty of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as well as other Tribes throughout the United States and because of this the Rosebud Sioux Tribe commends United States Senator Jerry Moran, United States Senator John Thune and United States House Representative Kristi Noem for attempting to correct this error and acknowledging tribal sovereignty; and
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe supports the Senate bill S 1477 and the House bill H.R. 2335 and strongly encourages other Tribes to contact their Congressional delegates who represent Tribes in Congress to also support these bills; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe by this resolution shows its full support for the Honorable United States Senators Jerry Moran, Honorable United States Senator John Thune and South Dakota’s House Representative Kristi Noem’s bills and respectfully request Honorable United States Senator Mike Rounds from South Dakota to support their efforts.
Resolution No. 3-2-20-15
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on February 20, 2015, at which a quorum was present, with 8 members voting in favor, 0 members not abstaining, and 8 members not present.
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