TO SUPPORT A STATE-TRIBAL RELATIONS STUDY AS PROPOSED BY THE SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRIBAL RELATIONS AS LONG AS ALL THE DATA COLLECTED ON INDIAN TRIBES REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE TRIBE.
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, Indians make up approximately 10% of South Dakota’s population; and
WHEREAS, the nine Indian reservations in South Dakota overlap with at least 16 counties and 22 municipalities; and
WHEREAS, roughly 10% of the population in the two largest cities in South Dakota, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, is identified as being American Indian or Alaska Native persons; and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations was established to serve as an advocate for American Indian people; and
WHEREAS, the Department was recently elevated to a cabinet level agency in 2011; and
WHEREAS, the Department would like to take this opportunity to study the issues affecting the tribes and the state, with input from both tribal and non-tribal members, in order to gain a better understanding of the state-tribal relationship and its components; and
WHEREAS, the most recent state-tribal relations study was completed in 1974; and
WHEREAS, an updated study can help to identify areas where the Department of Tribal Relations can better assist state and tribal governments in procuring resources to help solve issues or improving current programs to provide for mutually beneficial outcomes; and
WHEREAS, by understanding the areas that need to be addressed, a more meaningful state -tribal relationship can be created to help with issues state-wide and in Indian Country; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) has Listened to the request from the State Tribal Relations Department and has determined in order to approve the study, the data to be collected from the Tribe is proprietary and will remain the Tribe’s data.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) hereby supports a state-tribal relations study as proposed by the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations with the data remaining the Tribes data; 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. 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 October 25, 2011 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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