A RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION OFFICIALLY SUPPOTING THAT THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS FY 2016 BUDGET REQUEST SHOULD CONTAIN AN INDIAN EDUCATION BUDGET REQUEST THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE INDIAN EDUCATION BLUEPRINT
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 Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association is formed to promote the common interest of the Sovereign Tribes and Nations who are members of the GPTCA; and
WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself to ensure the well-being of sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region both through Treaties and federal statutes, including the Snyder Act of 1921 ad amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 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 the 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 Tribes and Nations; and
WHEREAS, the Indian Affairs FY 2015 budget request does not support the Indian Education Blueprint because of funding reductions below the FY 2012 enacted level for the Indian School Equalization Program (ISEP) of $4.1 million (-1.1%) and Education Facilities Operation and Maintenance of $4.7 million (-4.4%); and
WHEREAS, the Indian Education blueprint calls for full funding for Administrative Cost Grants, but the FY 2015 budget request of $48,253,000 would provide only 67 percent of the need, leaving a shortfall of $23,766,000; and
WHEREAS, the authorizing and the appropriations language refer to “Administrative Cost Grants,” but the Indian Affairs budget request uses the term “Tribal Grant Support Costs: and two different names for the same account causes unnecessary confusion; and
WHEREAS, the FY 2015 Indian Affairs request for Education Construction would cut the funding for Education Facilities Improvement and Repair by $2.0 million below the FY 2014 funding level and would provide no increase for Employee Housing Repair; and
WHEREAS, The bureau of Indian Education budget request for FY 2016 should restore the funding to the FY 2012 (pre-sequester) funding level plus inflation for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015 for ISEP Formula Funds and for Education Facilities Operation and Maintenance and should contain full funding for Administrative Cost Grants; NOW
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Indian Affairs FY 2016 budget request should contain an Indian Education budget request that is consistent with the Indian Education Blueprint and that contains the following amounts:
• ISEP Formula funds restored to 2012 funding levels plus inflation: $429,675,330
• Education Facilities Operations funds restored to 2012 funding level plus inflation: $62,158,756
• Education Facilities Maintenance funds restored to 2012 funding level plus inflation:
• Full funding for Administrative Cost Grants (name used in the authorizing and the
appropriations language) $75.0 million
• Full funding for teacher pay costs (and include grant schools in the formula): $3.7 million
• Funding for teacher housing construction: $50.0 million.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The letter regarding FY funding levels should be sent directly to the White House Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs, the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Management and Budget Program Specialist for Indian Programs, the Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary and the DOI Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, The GPTCA will adopt this Resolution and submit to the aforementioned.
Resolution No. 5-12-19-14
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on December 19, 2014 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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