Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 47-02-29-08 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

Support for Fair and equitable Treatment of the Human Rights of American Indian

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents or their duly appointed representatives 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 interests of the Great Plains sovereign Indian Tribes and their members in the states of ND, SD and Nebr.; and

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains (formerly Aberdeen Area) 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, 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, 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, Indian Tribes have historically been subjected to genocide, appropriation of   property, assimilation of their citizens, destruction of our culture and languages, with many existing problems still existing, and

 

WHERAS, the Member Tribes of the GPTCA have many Tribal Members living on and off the Reservation in various cities and towns who work for wages, pay taxes who wish to raise their children in the schools with healthy environments, and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA has listened to many stories from Tribal Members who have experienced discrimination such as:  racial barriers, Economic racism, irresponsible and intolerable attacks on human rights, racial profiling, fake claims of being Indian and mockery of our spiritualism, and many other examples of violations of Human rights, and

 

WHEREAS, some of the local American Indian community leadership have come before the GPTCA asking for support and attention to combat problems of Racism, for example the School

to Prison Pipeline in the Rapid City School District that sweeps young native girls and boys from the court system into the prison system quickly and efficiently; and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA seeks and supports solutions such as Educational forums, training programs, resources for counseling, forming coalitions with churches, civic organizations, and

organized groups such as the Rapid City PAR-Parents Against Racism which is working to prevent racist acts in the Rapid City schools; and

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association opposes and denounces any and all racist acts against our native people, and

 

THEREFORE BE RESOLVED, The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association supports any and all solutions including the Parents Against Racism Organization to combat racism and help Indian Students with education, counseling and other preventative measures to keep them from School to Prison, and

 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The GPTCA calls for an investigation into the specific situation in the Rapid City Schools, the Rapid City Police Department and any other examples of Racism that is against the human rights of our Indian Families and children.

 

Resolution No. 47-02-29-08

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Sioux Falls on April 17, 2008 at which a quorum was present, with   members voting in favor, 0  members opposed, 0   members not abstaining, and  members not present.

 

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