Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 32-9-28-11 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

SUPPORT FOR THE INCLUSION OF A STATUTE  MODELED AFTER A NATIVE AMERICAN SOLDIER TO BE PLACED ALONGSIDE THE CURRENT “THREE SERVICEMEN STATUE” ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL ON THE NATIONAL MALL.

 

WHEREAS, The Great Plains 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 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, American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians serve at the highest rate per capita rate in the Armed Forces compared to any other group of Americans, and have served with valor in all of the Nation’s wars from the Revolutionary War through the present; and

 

WHEREAS, Many young men and women who are members of the Tribal Nations of the Great Plains  Region and have made and continue to make commitments to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America; and

 

WHEREAS, A large number of members of the Tribal Nations of the Great Plains have served in the Vietnam War; and

 

WHEREAS, there is a National Monument commonly referred to as the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. which recognizes and honors those Veterans who served in the Vietnam War; and

 

WHEREAS, bronze statues, commonly referred to as the “The Three Servicemen” or “The Three Soldiers,” statue was unveiled in 1984 as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; and

 

WHEREAS, the statue was placed near the west entrance of “The Wall;” and

 

WHEREAS, the lead soldier was modeled after a 21-year-old Caucasian Marine, the soldier

carrying the machine gun was modeled after a Mexican-American, and the African-American soldier is a composite of several young African American men; and

 

WHEREAS, none of the soldiers were modeled after or resemble a Native American; and

 

WHEREAS, Jan Scruggs, a veteran of the Vietnam War and one of the founders of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, wanted the memorial to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of all of those individuals who served in the Vietnam War;

 

WHEREAS, an opportunity exists for the 16 Tribal Nations of the Great Plains Region to encourage Indian Tribes, Indian Veteran Organizations, and Non-Indian Veteran Organizations to support the Native American Veterans Memorial Initiative (NAVMI), an effort initiated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida to obtain Congressional authorization to place a statute of a Native American alongside the “The Three Servicemen” monument; and

 

WHEREAS, such a statue would acknowledge, recognize and honor the contributions and sacrifices of Native American soldiers in the Vietnam War; and

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s association hereby proudly supports the “Native American Veteran Memorial Initiative;” and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the GPTCA will take such reasonable steps as necessary to ensure that the members of North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota’s congressional delegations are aware of the GPTCA’s support for the inclusion of a statute modeled after a Native American soldier to be placed alongside the current “Three Servicemen Statue” as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall; and

 

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.

 

Resolution No. 30-9-28-11

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Rapid City, SD on September 28, 2011 at which a quorum was present, with 10 members voting in favor, 0  members opposed,  0  members abstaining, and 6  members not present.

 

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