Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association

Endorsement of Chairman Michael Finley for the position of First Vice-Chairman of the National Congress of American Indians at the Annual 2011 Conference.


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 into 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 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 Indian 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, historically, the Leadership of the Tribal Nations in the Great Plains Region have contributed to the foundation and establishment of the principles and purpose of the National Congress of American Indians, and


WHEREAS, it is essential the current leadership of the National Congress of American Indians understand the foundation and purpose upon which the NCAI was founded and be able to advocate for the Tribes of the GPTCA and for Tribal Nations throughout the United States; and


WHEREAS, in the recent years, the GPTCA has been disappointed in some of the actions of the NCAI not necessarily representing the views of the Elected Leadership, and


WHEREAS, as a result, in 2009, the GPTCA passed Resolution #1-2-20-09 for NCAI to better serve  The needs of large land based Tribal Nations…whose populations and land bases are not proportionately represented in those organizations, and


WHEREAS, the GPTCA believes a change is necessary in the Leadership of the NCAI, and


WHEREAS, there is a Tribal Chairman who qualifies in all areas of leadership and management, who understands the traditions, culture and spiritualiness of our People, at the same time he has successfully achieved a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters Degree in History and co-authored publications and is currently serving his Tribe as Chairman, and


 WHEREAS, as Tribal Chairman, he presides over a Tribal Business Council managing the natural resources and enterprises for more than 9,300 plus membership, been involved in numerous government to government negotiations, jurisdictional and natural resources matters and a Reservation spanning over 1.4 million acres larger than the state of Delaware, and


WHEREAS, he has made helping Tribal Youth a priority and is a member of the “Noisy Water People” a traditional drum group on the upper Columbia River where he plays an integral part in teaching the Youth, raising funds for scholarships and keeping the traditions, and


WHEREAS, Chairman Michael Finley has served the Tribal Nations nationally when he was elected as Chairman of the Inter tribal Monitoring Association for Indian Trust Funds, and


WHEREAS, As Tribal leaders, we have witnessed first-hand repeated attacks on Tribal sovereignty and the road ahead is full of challenges, the time has come for strong young leadership to take control of NCAI, and


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, after careful consideration, the GPTCA wholeheartedly supports and endorses Chairman Michael Finley of the Colville Confederated Tribes for the position of First Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians, and urges other Tribes to also support Chairman Finley for First Vice-President, and


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the GPTCA herein urges all Tribal Nations to get to know Chairman Michael Finley and the qualities this young leader brings to the organization of the National Congress of American Indians. and we are confident that Chairman Finley will listen to all Tribal Nations including those who have unique large land issues and will effectively work to meet the challenges faced by the Tribal Nations at the Reservation level, Regionally and in Washington DC.


NOW THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution shall be the policy of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association until otherwise amended or rescinded or until the goal of this Resolution has been accomplished.


Resolution No. 31-9-28-11




This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on September 28, 2011 at which a quorum was present, with 9 members voting in favor, 0  members opposed,  0  members not abstaining, and 7  members not present.



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