Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 4-6-12-15 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AGRESSIVELY COMPLY WITH THE LANGUAGE AND INTENT OF TITLE IV, PUBLIC LAW 106-568, ENACTED IN 2000, AUTHORIZING THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE WAKPA SICA RECONCILIATION PLACE, LOCATED AT FT. PIERRE, S.D., BY APPROPRIATING ALL FUNDS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE CONSTRUCTION AND ESTABLISHING OPERATIONAL FUNDING PER THE PUBLIC LAW.   FURTHERMORE, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE PUBLIC LAW BE AMENDED TO DECLARE THE CULTURAL CENTER BE NAMED THE “MICHAEL B. JANDREAU GREAT SIOUX NATION CULTURAL CENTER” IN HONOR OF THE DECEASED TRIBAL CHAIRMAN OF THE LOWER BRULE SIOUX TRIBE.

 

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 GPTCA was formed to promote the common interest of its member Sovereign Tribes and Nations; and

 

WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself to ensure the well-being of Sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region through Treaties and federal statutes, including the Snyder Act of 1921, as amended, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act of 1975, 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 its 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 Sovereign Tribes and Nations; and

WHEREAS, the GPTCA recognizes that P.L. 106-568 envisioned a centralized facility dedicated to promoting all of the aforementioned goals and assisting the Great Sioux Nation member Tribes in implementing programs and practices to accomplish these goals; and

 

WHEREAS, Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place (hereafter WAKPA) was authorized by Congress in 2000 in Title IV, Public Law 106-568 to be constructed and thereafter placed in operation under the auspices of the Wakpa Sica Historical Society (hereafter Historical Society), Ft. Pierre, SD; and

 

WHEREAS, Congress failed to appropriate funding for the construction of WAKPA and the Historical Society relied upon piecemeal funding acquired through the political “earmark” process to start construction; and

 

WHEREAS, the political “earmark” process was challenged in Congress and eliminated resulting in negative connotations for the process and ultimately the elimination of all funding for WAKPA; and

 

WHEREAS, WAKPA is a legitimate Congressional Project to assist the Great Sioux Nation and currently abandoned and falling into disrepair because no funds have been received since FY 2009, GPTCA deems it imperative that emergency funding be made immediately available to maintain the existing building; and

 

WHEREAS, GPTCA requests that emergency action be taken by Congress to include WAKPA as a legitimate line item in the Congressional Budget of each of the named Departments so that this essential project, started by Congress, can be completed and utilized by the Great Sioux Nation as expeditiously as possible; and

 

WHEREAS, GPTCA will establish a Committee to work on this, the Executive Director will work on the Members of the Committee with Chairman Frazier as manager; and

 

WHEREAS, GPTCA recognizes the lifetime commitment of Chairman Michael B. Jandreau of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe for advancement of tribal sovereignty, promotion of economic development opportunities, preservation of cultural heritage, protection of individual dignity, and establishment of respect between Nations, by requesting that P.L. 106-568 be amended to name the Cultural Center at WAKPA the

 

Resolution No. 4-6-12-15

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Ft. Randell, South Dakota on June 12, 2015 at which a quorum was present, with 9 members voting in favor, 0 members not abstaining, and 7 members not present.

 

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