Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 45-02-29-08 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

THE GPTCA WILL WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TUSWECA TIOSPAYE TO UNITE THE TRIBES OF THE GREAT SIOUX NATION IN EFFORTS TO SAVE THE LAKOTA DAKOTA NAKOTA LANGUAGE

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains (formerly Aberdeen Area) Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the 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 interest of the sovereign Tribes and Nations and their members of the Great Plains Region; 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, the Snyder Act of 1921 as amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 as amended; and

 

WHEREAS, Indian Tribes are governments that pre-date the United States, and through the Indian Commerce, Treaty and Apportionment Clauses and the 14th Amendment, the United States recognizes the status of Indian Tribes as sovereigns and the status of American Indians as Tribal Citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, in treaties, the United States pledged to protect Indian Tribes, guaranteed the right of Tribal self-government, and has undertaken a trust responsibility to promote the viability of Indian reservations and lands as permanent homelands for tribes; and

 

WHEREAS, The Great Plains Region is home to 11 Lakota, Dakota, and/or Nakota reservations, and

 

WHEREAS, on each of these reservations, the Lakota Dakota Nakota language is dangerously close to being lost, and

 

WHEREAS, GPTCA has declared the recovery of Native languages a high priority, and GPTCA has a rich history in the promotion and practice of Native culture, as exemplified in the GPTCA mission where culture is central, and

 

WHEREAS, GPTCA has acknowledged through past resolutions that language is intrinsic to sovereignty, aboriginal subsistence and land rights, and community wellness, and

 

WHEREAS, Tusweca Tiospaye is seeking support from GPTCA for the Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit, and

 

WHEREAS, Tusweca Tiospaye was formed in January 2007 for the purpose of revitalizing the Lakota language by creating new generations of Lakota speakers, and

 

WHEREAS, Tusweca Tiospaye has created the Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit to unite all Lakota Dakota Nakota reservations and reserves from the United States and Canada in a collective and committed effort to save the language, and

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,  the GPTCA will work with the Tusweca Tiospaye by identifying someone from each Tribe to coordinate with Tusweca Tiospaye and the GPTCA to work toward retrieving and saving our languages, and

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED; by the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association that GPTCA does fully support Tusweca Tiospaye in its efforts to revitalize the Lakota language and the unifying of the Oceti Sakowin in a collective and committed effort to save the language through the Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit.

 

 

 

Resolution No. 45-02-29-08

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Rapid City, SD on Feb. 29, 2008 at which a quorum was present, with 10  members voting in favor, 0  members opposed, 0   members not abstaining, and 6 members not present.

 

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