Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 5-2-20-15 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

A RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION AUTHORIZES AND DIRECTS THAT THIS RESOLUTION BE SENT TO REPRESNTIVES OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR SALLY JEWEL, AND SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN, TO MEET AND CONSULT WITH THE MEMBER TRIBES OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTATION AF ANY PROPOSED REORGANIZATION OF THE BUREAU OF INDIAN EDUCATION.

 

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;

 

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;

 

WHEREAS, Executive Order 13175, signed by President William J. Clinton on November 6, 2000, provides by authority vested in the office of the President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the United States, in order to establish regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, to strengthen the United States government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes, and to reduce the imposition of unfunded mandates upon Indian tribes, provides for the United States to recognize the rights of the Indian Tribes to self-government and supports tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and that federal agencies shall respect Indian tribal self-government and sovereignty, honor tribal treaty rights, and strive to meet the responsibilities that arise from the unique legal relationship between the Federal government and Indian Tribal governments, and

 

WHEREAS, Executive Order 13175 was reaffirmed by the MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES, signed by President Barak Obama, November 5, 2009; and

 

WHEREAS, the mission of Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Education, (“BIE”) found in 25 CFR Part 32.3, is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and distinct cultural and governmental entities; and

 

WHEREAS, the BIE has announced an initiative to reorganize the organizational structure of the Bureau of Indian Education, including the elimination of local offices located on the reservations of the tribes of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association; and

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association demands meaningful and direct government-to-government consultation with the United States Government, Department of Interior, and Department of Education regarding any proposed reorganization of the structure of the Bureau of Indian Education; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association opposes the meeting held with Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association member tribes as a consultation and also any subsequent meetings with BIE program officials are not considered consultations; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association

Also demands that any and all government-to-government consultations take place with Federal officials at a Cabinet lever or higher; and

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association authorizes and directs that this Resolution be sent to representatives of the United States Department of Interior, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to meet with and consult with the members Tribes of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association as soon as possible and prior to implementation of any proposed reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Education.

 

Resolution No. 5-2-20-15

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on February 20, 2015 at which a quorum was present, with 8 members voting in favor, 0 members not abstaining, and 8 members not present.

 

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