Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Resolution No. 56-08-08-08 RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION

This Resolution is set forth to condemn the attempts by attorneys and other groups to divide the people of the Sioux Nation by soliciting support from individual tribal members to distribute Docket 74A/74B Claims settlement money

 

WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (hereafter “GPTCA”) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the 16 federally recognized sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs;

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA was established to promote the common interests of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations who are members of the GPTCA; 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, because the GPTCA recognizes its responsibility to act to preserve and protect the wishes of the Member Tribes by condemning in the strongest possible terms the  adverse actions that would be divisive and do great harm to our Tribal Nations, and

 

WHEREAS, Doug Kettering, an attorney from the Kettering Law Office in Yankton, South Dakota is seeking tribal members to join in legal action to distribute Black Hills settlement money, claiming tribal individuals and a group called the “Black Hills Steering Committee” have given their approval; and

 

WHEREAS, the Kettering Law Office is not authorized to represent any of the 16 Tribal Nations of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, nor have any of the Member Nations endorsed the actions of the Kettering Law Office to represent individual tribal citizens; and

 

WHEREAS,  the majority of the  Member Nations of the GPTCA serve as a successor in interest to the bands and tribes that signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1980 the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians, upheld the decision of the Indian Claims Commission that an 1877 Act of Congress effected an unlawful taking of the Black Hills from the Sioux Nation, land set aside for the Sioux by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie; and

 

WHEREAS, the Member Nations of the GPTCA have enacted legislation rejecting Docket 74A/74B Claims settlement moneys for the unlawful taking of the Black Hills, and reaffirms those resolutions; and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA opposes accepting any monetary settlement moneys for the claim of the Sioux Nation for the illegal taking of the Black Hills; and

 

WHEREAS, the GPTCA condemns the attempts by the Kettering Law Office or any other attorneys and other groups not authorized by the Member Nations of the GPTCA to divide the people of the Sioux Nation by unlawfully soliciting support from individual tribal members to distribute Docket 74A/74B Claims settlement money; now

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The GPTCA supports the Member Nations in  rejecting Docket 74A/74B Claims settlement moneys for the unlawful taking of the Black Hills, and reaffirms those resolutions; and

 

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, The GPTCA condemns the attempts by attorneys and other groups to divide the people of the Sioux Nation by soliciting support from individual tribal members to distribute Docket 74A/74B Claims settlement money; and

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the GPTCA does hereby demand that the Kettering Law Office of Yankton and their attorneys be referred to the South Dakota Bar Association and other pertinent Bar Associations to be reviewed under consumer protection laws for possible censure and/or disbarment for preying on the economically depressed citizens of the Member Nations of the GPTCA.

 

RESOLUTION: 56-07-10-08

 

RESOLUTION OF THE

GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION (GPTCA)

 

CERTIFICATION

 

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Ft. Pierre, SD on Aug. 8, 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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